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In response to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, the ACT and College Board have rescheduled upcoming ACT and SAT test dates to keep students safe and healthy.

ACT Changes

The April 4, 2020, test date has been moved to June 13, 2020. Students registered for the April 4th test date will be given the option of rescheduling to June 13th or to a future test date. The ACT will be sending registered students an email in the next few days with instructions on how to reschedule.

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Why Our Paper Tests Don’t Come With Answer Keys

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • April 21, 2020

In this post, we answer the following question:

I just completed a Test Innovators test on paper. Where is the answer key to score my test?

The simple answer to this question is that raw scores are not useful and are often ambiguous. When you score a paper test with an answer key, you only get a raw score. A raw score (say, 30 out of 40 correct) and its equivalent percent correct (75%) are very misleading measures for normative tests like the SSAT and ISEE.

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How to Build Your ACT and SAT Success Plan

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • April 17, 2020

The college admissions process is complex, and one of its most challenging components is ACT and SAT testing. These tests may seem like an overwhelming hurdle, but with a well thought out plan and an early start, you can achieve test success. Here’s how to craft a fool-proof strategy!

Establish a Timeline

1. Work backwards
Keeping the end goal in mind, the first thing you need to do is find out when your college applications are due. Once you know application deadlines, you can work backward from there to create a timeline.

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How to Stay Social While Practicing Social Distancing

  • Posted By: Melissa Kinsler
  • April 16, 2020

Image Above: Test Innovators team playing Foodles. The card being played is "Draw a potato dressed like a kitty cat".

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You Have the Materials, but Do You Have the Tools?

  • Posted By: Test Innovators
  • April 14, 2020

The saying “practice as you’d like to perform” is applicable to so many things, especially test preparation. Practice tests are the foundation of preparation for this very reason. Practice tests help simulate test day and expose you to the content and structure of the test.

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Remote Learning for Parents Webinar Recording

  • Posted By: Melissa Kinsler
  • March 26, 2020

Are your kids home from school? Watch the recording our Remote Learning for Parents webinar hosted by Test Innovators' Director of Education, Brenna O'Neill, for a parent-oriented discussion of remote learning. Come away with strategies and ideas for navigating the new world of remote learning that many families are now experiencing for the first time.

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COVID-19 Resources

  • Posted By: Melissa Kinsler
  • March 26, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting people all around the world. Now more than ever, we need to come together and support one another. At Test Innovators, our mission has always been and will always be to support students. Our team is actively working to add to our ongoing list of resources that we hope will be useful as we all navigate this new challenge.

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The Library May Be Closed but the Digital Library Is Still Open!

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • March 26, 2020

As we do our part and stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it can be challenging to keep our kids (and ourselves!) academically engaged. Thankfully, public libraries offer plenty of free online learning resources, from online courses and research databases to educational activities for school-aged children. Check out your local library’s website to access a ton of great resources.

Here are the links to the public libraries in the 25 most populous U.S. cities:

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about the need for social distancing, which is no easy task. It doesn’t take long for people to miss normal day-to-day activities and special outings. Luckily, the digital age we live in makes it possible to still have a little fun while social distancing. Museums, zoos, aquariums, historical landmarks, national parks, and even Broadway shows can be enjoyed online. Below are links to some of our favorite virtual experiences.

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The Key to Remote Learning: A Structured Schedule

  • Posted By: Melissa Kinsler
  • March 26, 2020

As schools around the world are closing, students and their families are tasked with the challenge of transitioning to online and remote learning. The foundation of successful remote learning is maintaining a consistent schedule. Below is an example of a schedule that can help students be successful during their time at home.

7:30am- Morning Routine
Start the day like you would any other school day—get dressed, eat breakfast, do morning chores, etc. This will help students get in the school mindset while at home.

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