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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

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|1 Comment

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