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It’s a Trap!

by Alex Lebedeff, 30-year SAT Tutoring Veteran
The goal of the SAT’s test writers is to trick you, the test taker, into choosing wrong answers. Why? Because if everyone got a 1600 on the SAT or a 36 on the ACT, colleges would stop trusting the tests as competitive indicators, and that would be terrible for business.
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The SAT And ACT Are Not Going Away

by Neil Bernstein, PhD, Curriculum Director
Each year, critics of the SAT and ACT herald the growing number of colleges, especially selective colleges, that no longer require the SAT or ACT. Many students and parents ask, “Is it still necessary or important to take one or both tests?” The short answer is yes.
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4 Ways To “Skin” CATS

by Neil Bernstein, PhD, Curriculum Director
The SAT and ACT have four ways to skin CATS. And your students are those CATS ‒ College Admissions Test Students. And the testing agencies are indeed adept at wielding the testing scalpel. In order to get a spread of scores (the best being a “bell” curve), it is necessary to cause students to give incorrect answers and to skip questions. In short, it is crucial to keep students flummoxed.
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The SAT vs. the ACT ‒ neither is easy

by Neil Bernstein, PhD, Curriculum Director
Students and parents offer a recurring refrain when referring to the SAT and ACT: “I like this test better than the other one.” Or, “This test is easier for my student than the other one.” Like and dislike is a personal matter, and many students seem to prefer one of the tests over the other. Their preferences may reflect something they heard, or it may reflect the differences between the two tests. Fair enough.
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The New SAT And The New Scores

by Neil Bernstein, PhD, Curriculum Director
OK, your student received his or her new SAT scores. Congratulations, and good luck understanding the scores. Getting the scores is actually the easiest of the tasks. Just log into your student’s account, go to the scores page, and click on the “DOWNLOAD REPORT” box. You now have a 2-page PDF. More details are available on the web pages, but the downloadable report is sufficient for most purposes.
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Upping The Content Difficulty On College Admissions Tests

by Neil Bernstein, PhD, Curriculum Director
Both the SAT and the ACT have significantly increased the level of difficulty of their respective math sections. Also, since the recent changes in the SAT, most of the substantial content differences between the tests, especially those in math, have been eliminated. However, the ACT has recently further upped the ante in math. It now includes more tricky questions, more geometric reasoning questions and an occasional statistics, matrix or sequence question at or above the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) level.
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