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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

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

Calming Calculator Confusion: Updated 3/24/2017

UPDATED:  3/24/2017 We understand that some of our students who took the February ACT and were told to clear their calculators' memory received responses to their feedback forms filed with the ACT.  We continue to believe that clearing the calculators (TI-83s and TI-84s) of programs in their entirety was unwarranted and unfair.  Our programs are [...]

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Be a Sheep!

By Nicole Oringer, Ivy Ed Founder and Partner As a college counselor for the past 27 years, my greatest message to families is not to focus on branding but to be good consumers when it comes to purchasing this very odd commodity called higher education. As a result of my never-ending quest to find tools [...]

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Hot Tip: The Best ACT and SAT Test Dates!

By Jon Tarella SPOILER: They don’t exist, at least not in an absolute sense. Students and parents often ask us which test date administration of the ACT or SAT they should be taking. They hear through the proverbial grapevine that, for whatever reason, one administration is easier than another.  We emphasize that there is no [...]

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

It’s almost game day!

It’s almost game day! But we’re not talking about the Super Bowl.  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 the ACT/SAT. When you take a standardized test, mental attitude, stamina, [...]

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

You won’t get a grade in these subjects, but they’re just as important

While you spend four years at college ostensibly to learn academic subjects and be prepared for the next phase of life (whether it’s entering the working world or continuing to grad school), utilizing and developing non-cognitive skills is just as important. You will be faced with new tasks that previously may have been done for [...]

November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

ACT to SAT Concordance and Test Dates

Concordance ACT to SAT ACT and the College Board have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between two scores on the ACT and SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores, but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores. 2016-2017 SAT/ACT Test Dates   Check with your Guidance Office and College Board [...]

September 12th, 2016|0 Comments