February 28, 2017 by Mike Bergin
One of the great mysteries of life, apart from why there is no other word for thesaurus, is why success in school doesn’t always translate to success on standardized tests. Not a week goes by where we don’t hear understandable confusion over the disconnect between grades and scores. Why aren’t the two linked more closely?
When I majored in Psychology in college, I told friends that my motivation was a deep curiosity about the mysteries of human behavior and cognition. But, if I’m being honest, I also liked how most of our grades were based on multiple-choice tests! Multiple-choice tests are, in many cases, easier than alternative question types and
Everybody knows the old saying, “You reap what you sow.” Just as high school juniors (and some sophomores) take the PSAT in October, so do they receive their scores in December or maybe early January. In some ways, taking the test is the easy part. While there are some good reasons to take the PSAT,
Earning top grades is never easy, and those who earn all As or 100s or 4.0s deserve tremendous praise for exhibiting the effort, commitment, and execution that academic excellence demands. But sometimes class ranking obscures relative ability on a larger scale. Simply put, not all As are created equal. ACT, Inc. recently confirmed what we’ve
ACT Reading subscores have been, at least until this year, useless. Reviewing the old English or Math subscores would at least point out areas of weakness a student could improve on. But ACT used to break down performance on the Reading test based on passage content rather than question type. Knowing you were stronger in,
Once known as the college entrance exam of choice for strong math students, the ACT has always demanded both broad and deep mastery of math concepts learned from grade school to high school. The SAT may currently hold the crown for the test best suited for math whizzes, but ACT Math is tough and getting