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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

Anxiety, ADHD, and the ACT

Time and half on the ACT may seem like a blessing to some, but for others it might be a curse. One of the most commonly granted accommodations for the ACT is “time and a half” on one day or National Testing Standard time with Accommodations/Extended Time. As an educator, I agree with granting extended [...]

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

What’s with the watches?

A few years ago, we published a blog regarding an ACT pacing watch (see https://ivyed.net/a-security-blanket-that-isnt-even-soft-our-thoughts-on-the-act-pacing-watch/). At the time, there were several flaws with it:  it didn’t account for the 2015 change to the ACT essay timing (which added an additional 10 minutes) and it couldn’t be adjusted for students who have Extended Time.  Well, since [...]

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Girls and women marching towards STEM

On this eve of the 2018 Women’s March in NYC, DC, and many other cities, we think it’s appropriate to re-post one of our favorite blogs about girls in STEM. We received an email about a young student who was inspired by it and wanted to share a resource she found:  http://ithare.com/tips-for-getting-girls-involved-in-stem/ She was researching [...]

January 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Health for College

For those of us who have sent children off to college, we know the anxiety and stress that comes along with the excitement. The oldest child is often the most challenging because of the unknowns and then when the youngest heads off, it can leave the quiet in our homes sounding very loud. One of the [...]

November 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Reminder: FAFSA and CSS are open

October 1 was the first day that anyone expecting to apply for financial aid could access, complete, and submit the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE. Here's what you need to know about these forms and their deadlines. -All institutions require submission of the FAFSA for financial aid consideration. For current high school seniors expecting to attend college [...]

November 8th, 2017|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

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