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“Let’s get back to being hooked on phonics” by Christine B.

My junior year of college, I was required to take a course called Emergent Literacy. It was one of the first of my courses that was a prerequisite for student teaching; the premise of the class was to learn how to teach literacy to students in grades 3 and below. During that class, we learned [...]

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

As the Pendulum Swings

Sounds like a soap opera title, doesn’t it? In the lives of us test preppers, it might as well be a soap opera: the SAT has overtaken market share from the ACT for the first time since 2012. This reflects some interesting trends and factors but ultimately should not affect which test your child is [...]

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

A Big Change for Ivy Ed

We are excited to announce that on Friday, August 31, Ivy Ed finalized its partnership with Collegewise, the largest college counseling company in the United States. What does this mean for you?  Well, our leadership team members - Nicole, Carol, and Stefanie - will stay in their current roles, as will all of our amazing [...]

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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

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

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