Category: ACT

“So You Don’t Have To”: A Visit to Northeastern University

“So You Don’t Have To”: A Visit to Northeastern University

In early April I was in Boston and took the time to visit Northeastern University. This was actually the second time I’ve toured Northeastern, the previous time being in the winter of 2008 (years before I started this blog), and I was interested to see what’s new at NU. I’ve been recommending Northeastern to students […]

“So You Don’t Have To”: A Visit to American University

“So You Don’t Have To”: A Visit to American University

In early November I had the chance to visit American University. This was actually the second time I’ve toured American, the previous time being in the summer of 2007 (years before I started this blog), which makes this the first in this series that sees me revisiting a school. I’ve been recommending American to students […]

A College Counselor’s Thoughts On ACT Academy

A College Counselor’s Thoughts On ACT Academy

As you may know if you’ve visited this blog in the past, and in the interest of full disclosure, I am a former college counselor and now work for Method Test Prep, a company that partners with over 1,000 schools, community organizations and independent counselors to help students prepare for the ACT and SAT. My […]

Thoughts About The New ACT/SAT Concordance Tables-Summer 2018

Thoughts About The New ACT/SAT Concordance Tables-Summer 2018

Longtime readers of this blog will know that I work with Method Test Prep, a national ACT/SAT preparation company whose mission is to level the playing field of standardized testing. As such, I have previously written in this space about developments relating to the ACT and SAT (here’s just one example) and will continue to […]

What I Saw At NACAC 2017: A Summary Of “Testing Achievement and the Future of College Admission”

What I Saw At NACAC 2017: A Summary Of “Testing Achievement and the Future of College Admission”

¬† I attended the 2017 National Association for College Admission Counseling conference in Boston in mid-September. This was the third straight year I’ve been able to attend, thanks to my day job with¬†Method Test Prep, a leading ACT/SAT preparation company. I spoke to lots of people (old friends, customers, colleagues) and the consensus seems to […]

NACAC 2016: Observations On Presentations About the SAT and ACT

Every year in September the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has its annual conference. NACAC is a great organization made up of high school counselors, independent educational consultants and college and university admission officers and I’m proud to have been a member for years. Along with 6,000 other professionals I attended this year’s […]

Thoughts on the Reuters “Expose” About SAT Cheating-Part Two

This is the second part of two posts that take a look at Reuters’ recent expose of SAT test security, especially as it relates to international student admissions. You can find the first one here. ********************** One of my biggest problem with the articles was a constant (inaccurate) conflation between “the test prep industry” and […]

Thoughts on the Reuters “Expose” About SAT Cheating-Part One

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for awhile, you know that I was concerned with the topic of standardized tests even before I started work with Method Test Prep. It’s no secret that I have been critical of, among other things, the role of standardized testing in college admissions, the value of standardized […]

What The NFL Isn’t Learning From College Admissions

  If you’ve been paying attention to college admissions lately, you know that the last year or so has seen quite a lot of interest in the changes to the SAT, which started with the PSAT last October and will fully take effect with the March test date. I have previously written about the efforts […]

If I Can’t Understand The Score, What’s The Point Of The Test?

  2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year in the field of standardized tests for college admissions. The list of “test optional” colleges and universities is bound to grow, President Obama has joined the clamor deriding “test prep” in schools, and both national admissions testing organizations–the ACT and the SAT— have instituted changes […]