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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

Strategies with a Disclaimer

At Ivy Ed, we firmly believe that the best test preparation is possessing knowledge of the content that is covered on the tests. We also recognize that there are strategies, very useful strategies in fact, and when combined with mastery of the material, those tips and tricks can be very effective in raising ACT and [...]

May 12th, 2018|0 Comments

My totally unscientific, statistically insignificant experiment…

It’s widely known that students get 200 points on each of the SAT sections just for putting their name down, so the lowest combined score a child can get is a 400.  But I’m often asked, should I just guess C if I don’t know the answer?  I conducted a fun--statistically insignificant--experiment: on a practice [...]

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

“Hot Tip: The Best ACT and SAT Test Dates!”

In the winter months leading up to the spring testing season for ACT and SAT, we are often asked if one test date is easier than another. Read our blog--it’s an oldie but goodie--by Jon, our math tutoring guru. Statistically speaking, there cannot be an “easier” test date. “Hot Tip: The Best ACT and SAT [...]

February 15th, 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