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2017 National Merit Scholarship Winners in Houston

2017 National Merit Scholarship Winners in Houston

SAT & ACT May 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the Scholarship Winners in their 62nd National Merit Scholarship Program, which is arguably one of the most prestigious academic high school competitions in the United States. Scholarship Winners are current high school seniors who took the PSAT in October of 2015. In addition to theRead More

2017 National Merit Semifinalists in Houston

2017 National Merit Semifinalists in Houston

SAT & ACT, Schools September 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

  National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the semifinalists in their 62nd National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are current high school seniors who took the PSAT in October of 2015. To win the coveted “Semifinalist” designation, students must score in the top 1% of all students in the state.Read More

Test Prep Website Launches with 10 Free Tests for SAT, ACT, and Upper Level ISEE

Test Prep Website Launches with 10 Free Tests for SAT, ACT, and Upper Level ISEE

Best of the Web, Education News, ISEE & HSPT, SAT & ACT April 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

More than three million American students stress over the SAT and ACT college admissions tests every year. Tens of millions more take annual accountability tests in their public schools as required by federal law. These students now have a new tool in their arsenal to take on standardized tests. Piqosity,Read More

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Fee Waived for Retesting after June 6 SAT Marred by Printing Error

SAT & ACT June 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Did your teen take the SAT on June 6? If so, he or she may want to take it again. The version of the standardized exam proctored on June 6 contained a printing error regarding time allotment which impacted the administration of multiple sections of the test. When this came toRead More

SAT and ACT Prep Advice for the Changes Ahead

SAT and ACT Prep Advice for the Changes Ahead

College, SAT & ACT April 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

The summer break is an excellent time for rising juniors to begin serious preparations for the SAT and ACT, as well as the PSAT. With schoolwork out of the picture, students have more time to prepare for these tests—outside of summer activities, of course. However, with the PSAT changing thisRead More

The Benefits of Multiple Practice Tests on Standardized Test Performance

The Benefits of Multiple Practice Tests on Standardized Test Performance

SAT & ACT, Study Skills February 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

Retesting and How It Can Help You Achieve the Score You Want Standardized tests are usually stressful for students. This is understandable, as everyone knows that a strong (or weak) score can have a huge impact on college or private school admissions. To help improve test-taking performance, students and theirRead More

How to Prep for the SAT and ACT

How to Prep for the SAT and ACT

College, SAT & ACT, Standardized Tests August 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Busy students are just now getting back into the swing of things with the new school year underway. As many high schoolers are making plans for how to tackle their core subjects, the thought of tedious college preparation looms in the minds of students and parents alike. One of theRead More

The connection between the new SAT and Common Core

The connection between the new SAT and Common Core

National K-12, SAT & ACT, Standardized Tests March 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

After news broke on how the newly revamped SAT will look in 2016, I heard many people asking these two questions: what is the correlation between the controversial Common Core standards and new SAT, and, will students living in states that have opted out of the Common Core be negativelyRead More

What the new 2016 SAT means for you

What the new 2016 SAT means for you

College, SAT & ACT March 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Redesigning the SAT for 2016 Big changes are coming to the SAT in the spring of 2016.  On March 5th, College Board President David Coleman revealed his organization’s plans to shift the SAT from superficially testing a broad selection of concepts to more focused testing on a select few concepts. Read More

National Merit Semi-Finalists Cutoff Scores in Texas

National Merit Semi-Finalists Cutoff Scores in Texas

SAT & ACT, Standardized Tests October 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

This article was updated on 12/15/14 to reflect the latest score requirements. One of the most widely espoused figures schools will use to promote their graduates’ level of college-readiness is the number of National Merit Semi-Finalists their junior class had in the annual National Merit Scholarship Competition.  This competition takesRead More

ACT Reports 1 in 3 High School Grads Unprepared for College English, Math and Science

ACT Reports 1 in 3 High School Grads Unprepared for College English, Math and Science

SAT & ACT, Standardized Tests August 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Last week, the ACT released disconcerting data about the quality of a typical high school education in America. Of the 54% of high school graduates who took the college entrance exam, 1 in 3 were not prepared for any college-level coursework requiring English, science, math or reading skills (the 4Read More

PSAT Versus the SAT

PSAT Versus the SAT

SAT & ACT, Standardized Tests August 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Most high school juniors, and many sophomores and freshmen, will be sitting for the PSAT this year on either October 16 or 19.  Short for Preliminary SAT, the PSAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMQST) serves two primary purposes—to provide students a heads up on how they will performRead More

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Improving Critical Reading for Standardized Tests

Reading strategically is an important skill for mastering reading comprehension sections of standardized tests at any level. Teaching reading strategically, especially to younger students, can be difficult. This article will illustrate an effective method for teaching students how to efficiently read and mark up a passage, as well as identifyRead More

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Lower SAT Scores Create Opportunity for High Achievers

SAT & ACT, Standardized Tests September 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Fewer than 45% of seniors from the class of 2012 are prepared for college according to the College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the SAT.  Students needed to score an aggregate score of 1550 out of 2400 to indicate that they would have a 65% chance of maintaining atRead More