Testing

Impact of COVID-19 on Standardized Testing for College Admissions

Many aspects of college admissions have changed in response to COVID-19. Seniors must decide which college to enroll at without having the opportunity to attend Accepted Student Days. Juniors need to develop their college list without visiting colleges in person. And – the topic of this blog – the standardized ...

The Impact of Superscoring the SAT and ACT

What Does “Superscore” Mean? When a college “superscores” your SAT or ACT test scores, it takes the best sections of the test from your various test dates, and combines them to form a new total.  For the SAT, that means taking your best scores from the two sections of Evidence-Based ...

How to Decide Whether to Re-Take the SAT or ACT

At this time of year, juniors are faced with a variety of decisions. Which colleges should I visit? Which teachers should I ask for recommendations? How should I spend the summer? Another looming question is often whether you should re-take the SAT or ACT.  As with many of your college-related ...

2019-02-07T20:48:38-05:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: ACT, SAT, Testing|Tags: , , , , , |

College Board Offers SAT in August, ACT has July Test Date

The College Board began offering the SAT and Subject Tests in August 2017 for the first time, and eliminated their January test date in 2018. Fewer test centers were available in August 2017, since schools had a lighter staff during the summer. The ACT also changed its test schedule, adding a ...

Recent College Board Changes

Last weekend, the College Board introduced a totally revamped SAT.  The major changes include: Return to two sections instead of three sections: (a) evidence-based reading and writing; and (b) math Return to maximum score of 1600 instead of 2400 Words in context instead of esoteric vocabulary No penalty for wrong ...

2016-03-08T22:34:02-05:00February 8th, 2016|Categories: college admissions, SAT, Testing|Tags: , , , , , |

The MCAT2015 is Coming – Will You Be Ready?

The Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, will officially launch a new version of the MCAT, called the MCAT2015, next spring, with the first exam scheduled for April 17th, 2015. The test has been changed for the first time since 1991, and AAMC is calling it “a better test ...

2014-11-04T20:24:14-05:00November 4th, 2014|Categories: AAMC, Medical School, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Update: The New SAT

At this week’s annual conference of NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors), Collegiate Gateway had the opportunity to speak directly with the staff of the College Board about plans for the new PSAT and SAT testing, to be implemented in 2015-2016. Upcoming changes were described as “evolutionary, not revolutionary.” ...

2014-09-24T12:11:46-04:00September 24th, 2014|Categories: Testing|Tags: , , , , |

The End of the SAT? The Trend Toward Test Optional

More and more colleges are moving away from traditional standardized testing options. Over 800 colleges and universities across the country no longer require that students submit SAT or ACT scores in order to be considered for admission, according to a recent survey by the National Center for Fair & Open ...