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The only constant is change…when it comes to the ACT

The ACT is changing its Writing Test scoring system….again. As you may know, the ACT essay format changed in September of 2015. It went from 30 minutes to 40 minutes, and from a personal opinion essay to an analytical and argumentative essay with three perspectives on a given topic. The scoring system had also changed; [...]

June 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Simplifying Math and Science

Ivy Educational Services in Fanwood and Bernardsville, NJ has been home to test preparation, curriculum tutoring, and college counseling for over 12 years. Our goal is to guide students through the college search and application process in a balanced way. To do that, we are fortunate to have a talented & dedicated staff plus gifted [...]

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

College Counseling Handled with Care

Choosing the right college is an art form and Nicole Oringer is both painter and scientist in her role as college counselor, paying specific attention to the individual perspective as well as mixing and matching all of the accomplishments and needs of the student and his/her parents. In this, part two of our interview series [...]

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Top Secret Plan for a Successful SAT test

Ivy Educational Services in Fanwood and Bernardsville, NJ has been home to test preparation for the SAT for over 12 years. We are a full service company and our goal is to help students through the college search and application process in a balanced way. Over the next few months we are going to be [...]

February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

College Admissions Process in the News

At Ivy Educational Services, we keep our ears and eyes open to all the latest trends and conversations in the college admission process. Recently two articles were posted in the last two days, one in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/20/opinion/rethinking-college-admissions.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0 and the other in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/01/20/to-get-into-college-harvard-report-advocates-for-kindness-instead-of-overachieving/ Overall, these articles and the conversation happening within college [...]

January 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Most Likely to Succeed: The (wo)man, the myth, the movie

When I was asked to screen the Sundance Film Festival selection Most Likely to Succeed, all sorts of connotations and anxieties bubbled about my brain. You see, I was voted Most Likely to Succeed as a senior in high school and I often ponder what it means or meant. At the time when I was [...]

December 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Our Thoughts On The ACT Pacing Watch

As students took the October administration of the ACT this week, we found ourselves answering a question which crops up every now and then….should my child buy a watch specifically designed for the ACT? Today, the unprecedented inflation of college tuition costs illustrates the degree of continued fervor surrounding the college admissions process. There is [...]

October 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Engaging Girls in STEM

If I had to use one word to describe why I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography, it would be 'worms.' Let me explain. When I was in sixth grade, my class went on a trip to the Liberty Science Center. We spent most of the day touring the museum, but for the [...]

October 15th, 2015|0 Comments

College Admission Fireworks!

Note: Class of 2016: There are no changes to the college admission process for this class. Note: Class of 2017: Some colleges will offer additional options for applying, but all will still accept the Common Application or another alternative such as their own application. If your student does not have materials suitable for a portfolio [...]

October 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Overcoming Obstacles

Many of us struggle in one way or another, with focus, with procrastinating, or with physical challenges. Our own Co-Founder Nicole Oringer understands first-hand what it's like to have to persevere and show resilience during the difficult teenage years. Her experience is one of the reasons she is a strong woman today, and why she [...]

July 28th, 2015|0 Comments