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The College Journey: Campus Visits, the Application Essay, and Admissions

Applying to college is no doubt an important step in life. However, the various components of college admissions can make the process feel overwhelming. The best thing to do is to make sure you have the information you need and to take it one step at a time.

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The 3 Steps to a Successful Test Prep Plan

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • May 20, 2020
The 3 Steps of Test Prep

Are you preparing for an admissions test? Follow our simple, 3-step plan to achieve test success!

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Online Mock Tests: The Answer You've Benn Looking For

The need to shift our way of life due to COVID-19 has indeed been challenging, but it has also fueled creativity and ingenuity, resulting in new, and sometimes even better, ways of doing things. One such thing is online testing. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more tests were moving to a computerized format, and now, at-home testing has become a feasible alternative. Some tests, such as the ISEE and SSAT, are available at home, but what is the alternative for the benchmark mock testing that is commonly administered in-person at schools? Online mock tests, of course.

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Scores May Not Be Required but You Should Still Take the ACT and SAT

Due to COVID-19, many ACT and SAT test dates have been canceled. In light of these cancelations, many colleges and universities, such as the University of California system, Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and Trinity University in Texas, have decided to make test scores an optional part of their applications. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still prepare and take them.

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Test Prep and Beyond: Test Innovators as a Learning Tool

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • April 29, 2020
Test Innovators as a Learning Tool

The COVID-19 pandemic has swifty taken the front seat in just about everyone’s lives. These days, it seems every conversation involves COVID-19 in some way or another, and understandably so— it has impacted nearly every aspect of life.

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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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