Historically, most colleges have superscored the SAT. Today, more two-thirds of the over 500 colleges we looked at superscore the ACT. A study conducted by ACT and some Harvard psychometricians suggests that superscoring is the best policy for students and admissions officers alike. Most of the research on standardized tests indicates that students benefit by … Continue reading Which Schools Superscore the ACT (and why more should)
Waiting lists are a part of life. Restaurants. Bars. Library books. Tickets to a show. College. And in all these cases but the last one, if you have a little patience, it usually works out. Thousands of students are sitting in the waiting room. Will they get out? Waiting list season has begun. Thousands of … Continue reading Wait, Wait, Don’t Admit Me, or Will I Ever Get Off the Waiting List?
With the redesign of the SAT in 2016, scores went up, which made it hard to predict what kind of scores highly selective colleges would want. With the release of data for the Class of 2017, we now know that at many schools average SAT scores effectively dropped. Check out how 97 highly selective schools … Continue reading How Did Colleges React to the New SAT?
While over 70% of students taking the SAT and more than 50% taking the ACT opt in to the essay, not even 1% of colleges require an essay score. Students and taxpayers are sending tens of millions of dollars into the College Board's and ACT's coffers and don't appear to be getting anything out of … Continue reading Who Requires SAT and ACT Essays (and why they shouldn’t)