The COVID-19 pandemic has led to dramatic changes in our lives. Students, in particular, have had to make major adjustments, including attending virtual school and missing milestone events. College admissions policies are changing as well. As a result of exam cancelations and the possibility of further disruptions to future test administrations, many colleges are temporarily waiving SAT/ACT requirements. In order to plan for the future, find out what experts are saying about new testing policies and get the latest information on which colleges and universities are either temporarily test-optional or are adopting test-optional requirements for a longer trial basis.
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Few students or parents will extol the virtues of the SAT and ACT. These college admissions test sare just another requirement students have to meet in order to get into their preferred schools. Recently, however, Tests and the Rest, a college admissions podcast, interviewed David Blobaum, a consultant to schools on SAT/ACT best practices and co-founder of Summit Prep, to explain why the SAT and ACT are, in his words, “awesome.”
Sebastian Skenderi is truly remarkable. A junior at Abington Senior High School, Sebastian spent recent months working with A+ tutors to boost his ACT score, and he did! Impressively, his English score rose by more than 10 points and his Math by 7 points—both are among the highest improvements A+ has ever witnessed. With an overall 5-point increase in his score, Sebastian “definitely rose to the occasion,” as his verbal tutor Pat Graber puts it. To get a better sense of what made this outstanding achievement possible, we spoke with Sebastian and Pat about their tutoring experience.
There is no substitute for human-to-human interaction. And one-to-one in-person tutoring in particular, which enables a high degree of communication and personal attention, provides the opportunity for serious learning to take place.
There is a junior at Germantown Friends School (GFS) who can now add a 7-point score improvement on the ACT to their list of accomplishments, which includes participating in a range of school and community activities. We spoke to this busy junior and their tutor about earning a 33 on the February ACT and the tutoring that helped them become successful.
We hear it all the time here at A+ Test Prep and Tutoring: “Which test should I take? The SAT or the ACT?”
Matthew Headley, a current Upper Dublin High School student, is the youngest of three brothers who were all able to raise their test scores and achieve their goals with the help of A+ tutors. Reflecting on her sons’ success, Beth Headley gushed, “I was thrilled with all my children’s results and the tutoring they all received. They all improved their test scores more than you even promised! I believe your program truly works!”
A “very motivated and very detail-oriented student,” according to his English and Reading tutor, Barbara Lommer, Matthew earned an impressive 32 on his October ACT, which was a 6 point increase for him!
We recently spoke with Matthew and his tutors to get a better understanding of how they were able to accomplish this remarkable feat.
Amanda Rabin approaches new challenges with enthusiasm and flexibility.
From searching for the right tutors to taking the SAT, Amanda was able to adapt and persevere to eventually achieve success. A+ recently spoke with this Council Rock High School North junior about her A+ Test Prep experience.
Applying to college can be stressful. Fortunately, recent changes to SAT/ACT Essay and SAT Subject Test requirements have simplified the process for most students. The SAT/ACT Essay and the SAT Subject tests are now required by only a small number of schools, giving many students the chance to focus on SAT or ACT test prep or to take only the tests guaranteed to highlight their strengths. Although it is always a good idea to verify what the schools on your list of preferred colleges want from applicants, there are some general guidelines to consider as you plan ahead.
For many college-bound students, taking the SAT or ACT test is one of the most critical steps of the college-admissions process. However, recently many colleges and universities have decided to make these tests optional for applicants.