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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

Information Overload

Information Overload We've made a Faustian bargain: We can now access free and unlimited information, but we don't know how to measure the accuracy of this information. The keynote speaker at the Independent Educational Consultants Association conference in Boston proposed that we've made a deal with the devil. Dr. Daniel Levitin, a brilliant neuroscientist and [...]

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Balancing Fun and Focus

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 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

The Engineer of Ivy Ed

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 4th, 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

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

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