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We, both culturally and individually, tend to take tests like the SAT and ACT seriously because of the opportunities high scores can unlock. However, most students and families maintain perspective about the exams, while others can only be described as lackadaisical in their approach. All in all, on the national level, we tend to get worked up about the concept of the tests and not so much their ongoing administration. But imagine if we in the United States observed each test day by doing the following: Ban airport landings and departures for 40 minutes to assure quiet during a critical listening portion of the test. Open markets and businesses an hour late so that city traffic would clear up for students on way to the exam sites. Issue emergency numbers so students stuck in traffic can request police escort rides before gates to the test sites close. Delayed or cancel…

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We should all follow Denis Waitley’s advice heading into a big test: “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” But some test day surprises surpass the bounds of common sense… like deer attacks. This past Saturday morning, a deer crashed the party during an SAT administration at Lockport High School.   School Board President John A. Linderman said the deer struck a door in the music wing, damaging a pane on the door, and then ran off. “Some of the kids saw it,” Linderman said. He said no injuries were reported.The pane of glass on the door was broken. Linderman said that despite the drama, the kids were able to complete their testing.   This is the first time I’ve heard about a test disrupted by a deer. Have you heard of other test day wildlife encounters?

Looking to add a lot more words your personal lexicon or just want to better understand the English language? Learn the common roots, prefixes, and suffixes that so many of our words are based on, and you’ll have the tools to recognize familiar words or decode unfamiliar ones. That’s the Roots2Words way!   Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is MONO-: MONO- is a prefix meaning one or alone. (Prefixes appear at the beginning of words)   **EXAMPLES** monarch (noun) – a hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen or emperor; a sole ruler BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + -ARCH (rule) monochromatic (adj) – having only one color expressed in different hues and tints BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + CHROM- (color) + -IC (exhibiting) monogamy (noun) – a relationship in which an individual has only one partner for the duration or at any one time BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + GAM- (marriage) + -Y…

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The 2014 SAT Report on College & Career Readiness published by the College Board is a treasure trove of information. Unfortunately, when this much data intersects highly charged issues, some misinformation leaks out as well. Such is the fruit of the labor that went into Here’s The Average SAT Score For Every College Major published by Business Insider. This is not to say that the article is not worth reading, but rather that its central premise is fallacious: the College Board tracked prospective majors, not actual college graduates. Nonetheless, we can learn a lot from the article and the research that supports it with the right perspective:     1. Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies attracted the highest average composite SAT scorers. This major describes a wide range of programs in which students are not restricted to a single area of study or occupational field. One wonders if the students who selected this…

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Looking to add a lot more words your personal lexicon or just want to better understand the English language? If you learn the common roots, prefixes, and suffixes that so many of our words are based on, you’ll have the tools to recognize familiar words or decode unfamiliar words. That’s the Roots2Words way!   Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is DIA-: DIA- is a prefix meaning across or through. (Prefixes appear at the beginning of words)   **EXAMPLES** dialectic (noun) – any formal system of reasoning that arrives at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments BREAKDOWN: DIA- (through) + LECT- (speak) + -IC (exhibiting) dialogue (noun) – conversation or discourse between two or more persons (also dialog) BREAKDOWN: DIA- (across) + LOG- (speech) diametrical (adj) – completely opposed; pertaining to a diameter BREAKDOWN: DIA- (across) + METR- (to measure) + -IC (exhibiting) + -AL (pertaining to) diaphanous…

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Almost a decade ago, the creators of both the SAT and ACT introduced essays to their previously pristine multiple-choice exams. Each organization charted a different course, differing in what the essays are written on, how long students have to write, and, perhaps most importantly, whether students are even required to write the essay. Considering that the College Board is moving towards a longer optional essay, it’s fair to say the ACT model won that particular competition. That said, one more aspect of the ACT essay infrastructure deserves recognition and further consideration from that other testing authority. While both organizations assign students 2-12 essay scores through a similar grading process, ACT provides additional context for performance in the form of stock essay comments. These essay comments, derived from the ACT scoring rubric, are selected by one of the two essay readers for inclusion on the student score report. Code numbers corresponding…

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