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June 2018 SAT math score controversy unfolding

Three years ago about this time of year, headlines read “Scores from botched June SAT testing released as controversy escalates” (Valerie Strauss, WaPost). Back then, the College Board sent out and administered misprinted test booklets, and when the botched (old-style, pre-revision) tests had two sections discarded, the College Board claimed that the truncated scores were [...]

July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Breathing thin air

I was on the phone with the parent of one of my students, and as we discussed what it takes to gain admission to the most selective colleges in the land. When he said, "it's impossible to get into college these days," a metaphor popped into my head. I explained that if you want to [...]

June 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

New Concordance Charts from the College Board and ACT

On June 14th, 2018, the College Board and ACT released a new concordance table endorsed by both organizations. Please see this website for the official charts: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/educators/higher-ed/scoring/concordance. You will notice that there are now ranges for some of the ACT scores in their conversions to SAT scores; for example, a Composite ACT score of 24 could [...]

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Guess who just dropped the ACT/SAT essay requirement?

Last week, the big news in higher ed was Yale dropping a standardized writing test as an admissions requirement. (See this Washington Post article for more information). Yale follows Harvard, Dartmouth, and other selective schools in doing so. In fact, only 25 colleges are still holding onto the requirement,  including nine UC (University of California [...]

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

ACT Changes and Reminders

  Well, it looks like someone at the ACT company read my blog about single day Extended Time (see https://ivyed.net/anxiety-adhd-and-the-act/). Effective with the September 2018 ACT administration, “Examinees approved for National Extended Time or for Timing Code 6 will have 50 percent extended time for each section of the ACT, with a hard stop after [...]

May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

It’s essay time again!

  I look forward to reading the essays of the four finalists each year when The New York Times publishes their favorite college essays having to do with social class and work. (One year, a student we worked with was a finalist!). This year I was particularly enamored. What gorgeous writing! What insights! What inspiration! [...]

May 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Who are the Ivy Ed tutors?

What does it take to become an Ivy Ed tutor?  A LOT!  We pride ourselves on hiring the best and brightest so that we can serve our students well. While scores are important (tutors must score in the 99th percentile for the ACT or SAT subject they teach), we look for passion, enthusiasm, and a [...]

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Where are you headed?

What do you want to be when you grow up?   What’s your major? What do you do? From a young age, we are asked questions like these about our career and vocational goals. The truth is that in today’s world, many people consider nearly four majors before deciding on a final one and they likely [...]

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Getting Ready for Game Day

It’s almost game day! But we’re not talking about the Super Bowl (or the Academy Awards for fellow entertainment buffs).  Many students are focusing on ACT/SAT tests in the next few months, so they’re facing a game day of their own!  Ivy Ed has a game plan to help you get through either the ACT [...]

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Summer Programs-Should I pay to play? ….and other advice on planning your summer

I frequently get asked about the value of various summer programs. My answer is that, like with this entire process, it’s important to be a good consumer. There are endless “pay to play” programs that bombard teenagers and these tend to target students’ egos, promising that they have been “selected” to attend, for example, the [...]

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments