Over the years, I’ve fielded the occasional question asking whether the SAT or ACT were offered in languages other than English. “How could they,” I’d reply, “when English is part of what these exams are designed to test.” Now, I’m not so sure of my answer. No, the SAT won’t be administered in Spanish or
Can you think of the last time someone you know showed up to take a road test without any previous time behind the wheel? Have you ever heard of a coach who liked to enter the season without any team practice just to get a baseline for performance? Would you pay for–or even attend–a concert
Into each and every life, some rain and a whole lot of standardized tests have got to fall. That’s just the way of the world. Why are standardized tests as regular as rain? For one, norm-referenced tests exceed all other assessments in ranking large populations in a given cohort. Consequently, most school-based groups make better
What do we want? Super high test scores! When do we want them? Now! Of course, we all want not just our highest test scores but the highest test scores. And, obviously, we want them in the shortest time possible. But how much improvement is really possible in just a handful of weeks? A student
Change, according to Barack Obama, is never easy, but always possible. When it comes to changing the location where you take your official SAT or ACT, our estimable ex-President is only half right. ACT, Inc. makes changing your test center a relatively simple process: Log in to your ACT web account and select “Make changes
In a world of uncertainty and subjectivity, one objective, undeniable truth stands out: better takes practice. What athlete or artist would deny this? Yet, we sometimes hesitate to apply obvious lessons to stressful situations. How else to explain how many students take important and challenging tests like the SAT and ACT with no preparation whatsoever?