Who Requires SAT and ACT Essays (and why they shouldn’t)

While over 70% of students taking the SAT and more than 50% taking the ACT opt in to the essay, not even 2% 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)

Are SAT Subject Tests A Sinking Ship?

As more and more schools drop their SAT Subject Test requirement, it seems like almost nobody is interested in the exams anymore, perhaps least of all the College Board. Students aiming for uber-selective schools, however, probably still need to take them. UPDATE (4/5/18):  Harvard has changed its policy from require to recommend.  Its old policy … Continue reading Are SAT Subject Tests A Sinking Ship?

International Students and the SAT

The 2017 International College Board Data Trends report confirmed our suspicions about international applicantions and presented some interesting insights.  Here's a quick high level overview from our own Michael Gamerl (VP, Business Development and International): The number of international students studying abroad is growing (not exactly breaking news), but it’s projected to be 8 million students by 2025!  … Continue reading International Students and the SAT