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  1. Whoops - good catch. I meant ACT. Here's the blub from their website on their COVID requirments: Requiring face coverings be worn by students and staff (See FAQs for details) Making hand sanitizer available Placing COVID-19 related signage, including floor signage to maintain six feet distances at key locations such as check-in and seating arrangements   Requiring health screenings and wellness checks on both testing staff and examinees on test day 
  2. "She said proctor didn’t wear his mask the whole time and tried to tell kids they couldn’t wear their watches (including analog watches, like DD was wearing). Luckily, the kids knew the rules and set him straight." Ugh! This is why (before COVID) I took the tests as much as I could - to make sure proctor's weren't screwing up. I'm so glad the kids knew the rules. The week before the test, I go over all the rules with my kids so they know what should (and should not) be happening (and what to do next) If you want to, I'd report that proctor to the school - SAT's new policy is that eve
  3. Here's what the ACT folks are saying today. Via their Twitter feed here: We know you're anxious to hear from us. 2021 seniors whose registration for June or July was cancelled & who haven't received a refund will still get emails today. 2021 seniors whose registration for April was cancelled & who haven't received a refund will get emails tomorrow. They are also saying they are opening registration for the fall tests on Aug 3.
  4. Here's what's new for this year: https://www.commonapp.org/events/whats-new-common-app-2020-2021-updates Here's where you can register to start your application: https://apply.commonapp.org/createaccount
  5. Regular registration for the Aug 29 SAT closed tonight at midnight, EST. You can register here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines?excmpid=SM056-AL-1-tw Since dates and deadlines are crazy with COVID, I'm recommending to my students to sign up for August. If the Aug dates get bumped, they should be first in line for other dates later in the fall.
  6. The ACT just added a ton more dates in the fall. Registration opens the last week in July: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html The fall dates are: September Saturday, September 12 Sunday, September 13 Saturday, September 19 October Saturday, October 10 Saturday, October 17
  7. The ACT just added a ton more dates in the fall. Registration opens the last week in July: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html The fall dates are: September Saturday, September 12 Sunday, September 13 Saturday, September 19 October Saturday, October 10 Saturday, October 17
  8. The College Board just opened up registration for the fall SATs for the priority groups. Registration for everyone starts June 3. https://blog.collegeboard.org/2020-sat-dates-need-to-know?excmpid=FB-ED-CB-1
  9. Erica Meltzer has a nice analysis of this decision over on her blog at The Critical Reader https://thecriticalreader.com/university-of-california-will-drop-sat-act/?fbclid=IwAR1O5fmD8wVaE-624pfYj_KBfu70-Q99LWVXjXhwq5bV-RV2Co8VZkLftDo
  10. I'm a long time SAT/ACT tutor. Here are my favorite ACT books that I recommend to folks. And here are my top 8 ACT tips
  11. @mom2scouts - I have no idea what the College Board or ACT will do. However, right now international kids have the take the ACT online (at a text center location - and I assume they will be cancelling those b/c of the pandemic) I assume the ACT folks are accelerating their online access here in the states - in the fall it was scheduled to be available at certain test centers. Maybe they will be expanding access? The SAT says the are looking to expand access to tests in the fall- so that any kid who wants to take it will be able to find a seat. And I'm sure you already know that the ACT h
  12. Hi all - The College Board just cancelled the June SAT test dates. However, they have added a new test date for Sept. You can sign up for fall dates starting in May. (Also - many schools are going to test-optional for next year) https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegeboard-covid-19-updates?fbclid=IwAR3jlZAHkIyOzW07oBhaMMXHsw11U0EoVS4biyTOxRZ8AEol1wOyc_CGSfo
  13. I was in your shoes a year ago. We hired a Barton tutor for 2x a week. She LOVES her tutor and has made leaps and bounds in her reading. For the past year we've demphasized any physical reading and turned to audio books. (because her interest level outstrips her skill level at the moment) She "reads" several books a week - we've got through Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Spy School. She now has an unlimited budget for audio books. The second she says she wants to read a book, I immediately get the audio book into her hands. We have a Audible subscription, and Epic! subscription, and a Scribd sub
  14. I know this might be too late your your dd, but this might help other students in the same boat. Quick and easy ACT math hack: SLOW DOWN and focus on getting the first 30 questions correct. Here's why it works: The questions are arranged in order of difficulty, so the first 30 questions are the easiest ones on the test. It makes no sense to rush through and miss an easy question because now you have to get a medium or hard question right in order to break even. I also show students the scoring table so they can see they how many questions they can miss and still get the score
  15. Hire an experienced SAT tutor that can give her a couple sessions focused exclusively on the math. A few sessions can make a world of difference. (Many students increase their math score 50 points after one session because they start using better strategies) I want to love Khan Academy. I do love it for math review on targeted topics. But I don't love their SAT prep. They tell you how to solve that one problem. But they don't teach you underlying strategic solving techniques (draw a picture, make a chart, etc) that can apply to many problems. You can check with your local high school counselor
  16. Students do A LOT of growing and learn A LOT of school content between freshman year and junior year. I wouldn't be too concerned. If the student is 99% on other standardized tests, then I expected they will probably score in the same range on the SAT in a few years. I usually recommend that students don't start focusing on SAT until after their sophomore year. Here are my favorite books that help with both the content and strategy for SAT prep.
  17. @rlestina - I'd look for an SAT tutor, not a math tutor. (Full disclosure: I am a SAT tutor) The reason is that to do well on the SAT math section, you need to understand how to solve the math problem, not necessarily in the classic, formal way, but in a backyard-math sort of way. Most kids (esp. bright kids who are very comfortable doing classic formal math) simply never considered looking at math a different way - they are perfectly able to do so, but it just never occurred to them to look at it like that. (I had one student who used a fancy sequence/combination formula to find the
  18. I agree that PRACTICE helps kids - they can learn how the test works, identify weaknesses, and practice their strategy and timing. You can download all 8 SAT practice tests from the College Board here. PRINT them out and take them on pencil and paper (One of my kids got a 30 point jump in her score just by working off a hard copy)
  19. Hear hear! I recommend that you plan a 6 month runway (though it usually only takes 2-4 months of real studying, depending on the kid)
  20. @lisabees - I have an unpopular opinion that I don't think 9th graders should waste one second of their time thinking, worrying about, or doing anything around the SAT or ACT. Most schools are now giving a 10th grade PSAT - which doesn't matter - those scores don't count (although I have heard of some summer academic camps asking for those scores). My advice for 9th and 10th graders is to master their subjects in school and start thinking about the SAT/ACT summer after 10th grade. I'm sure other folks take a different approach and they may have recommendations for you.
  21. @linders - Yes! You can totally do this! 1. Download and print out the practice tests from the College Board (they also have full answer explanations for every questions - they are of mixed quality, but at least it's better than nothing) (Each kid will need his own copy of the test - and it's also useful if you have a copy with all the answers already written it in - and any quick explanations. For example, I have my master SAT copy where I've already worked out all the math problems ahead of time (and double checked my answers) because - omg - how could I possibly figure out 464 diffe
  22. We have loved SWB's history books. We've just finished History of the Renaissance World. What should I look for next? I'm looking for something that has the large world-wide scope and covers from about 1400 - 1800
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