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Don’t worry about the PSAT scores

As November is upon us, high school juniors (and some sophomores) have just taken the PSAT. They were offered in October at many schools, and we just wanted to remind both students and parents that the PSATs are nothing to be afraid of.  At best they can help you earn some scholarship money through the [...]

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Worry About It

Don’t worry about it. This is one of my favorite things to tell students and parents. I do realize that although it sounds simple, it is a loaded statement. The New York Times Magazine’s cover article this week was entitled “The Kids Who Can’t: Why are more American teenagers than ever are suffering from severe [...]

October 21st, 2017|0 Comments

What to do when for standardized tests: An overview of the ACT and SAT

Recently, I gave a talk in the local community about how to get through standardized testing with a smile. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is when students email me, telling me that they improved and got the score (or above what) they were aiming for.  If you’re a parent, you may [...]

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

On the Subject of the Math 2 Subject Test by Jon Tarella

Even as more and more colleges are dropping their standardized testing requirements, the presence of solid test scores still looks good on any application.  This is particularly true at the most competitive colleges in the country, where thousands of applicants are rejected by schools at which, by all academic measures, those students could have thrived.  [...]

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Learning to Learn

I look forward to reading the Education Life section of The New York Times, which comes out four times a year, the way some people look forward to reading Sports Illustrated. This last release was filled with many wonderful articles, but the one that caught my imagination was entitled, "You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain." [...]

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Should You Take the GMAT or the GRE? by Dianna Magnani

The overwhelming majority of business school applicants who apply to the top 50 schools take the GMAT, not the GRE.  Though there is much fanfare about the rise in popularity of the GRE, the GMAT is still the king of the MBA jungle. There are several reasons most business school applicants at the most competitive [...]

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Essay season is here!

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! The [...]

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Wait, what did the College Board just say?!

Last week, there was an interesting development from The College Board who disclosed that there is a positive correlation between test preparation (using Khan Academy, which we highly encourage our students to use) and increased scores on the SAT. Multi-million dollar companies have been built on this premise. The President of the College Board states, [...]

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Why some of my students improve their scores greatly…and others don’t

In the last two weeks, I have received results from my students who took the March SAT and the April ACT. Some of their results are stellar: a few students jumped around 200 points from their PSAT scores to the actual SAT.  Another couple of students raised their ACT Composite scores by 5 or more [...]

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

SSAT/ISEE Scores in the Independent School Admissions Process

At Ivy Ed, we sometimes say we specialize in alphabet soup because the tests our students take go by so many different acronyms:  SSAT, ISEE, GED, GRE, and so on.  Today we’re focusing on the SSAT and ISEE, the Secondary School Admission Test and the Independent School Entrance Exam, respectively.  At the middle and high [...]

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments