Posts Tagged 'SAT'

Changes Coming to the SAT

An important announcement from the president of the College Board:

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One-on-One Tutoring Versus Group Tutoring

As a team of expert educational consultants, Cardinal Education has worked with hundreds of families and utilized many different methods. Over the years, we have found that every student is unique and that each situation requires a different approach. However, one fact remains constant: one-on-one tutoring is superior to group tutoring in terms of the results that it provides for our students.  At Cardinal Education, we only offer one-on-one tutoring for precisely this reason. Continue reading ‘One-on-One Tutoring Versus Group Tutoring’

What is the PSAT?

As students enter 10th and 11th grade and the specter of college admissions testing looms on the horizon, the first test that most students take is the PSAT. Because many schools administer the PSAT during school hours, the PSAT often creeps up on unsuspecting students who have little conception of what to expect. So, what exactly is the PSAT? Is it the same as the SAT? Does it count for anything? Should students prepare for it? This article will answer your questions about the PSAT. Continue reading ‘What is the PSAT?’

When Is the Best Time to Take the SAT or ACT?

When is the best time to take the SAT or ACT? Should you get it over with early, at the end of 10th grade or start of 11th grade?  Should you take it your junior spring, along with most other students? Should you wait until senior fall in order to benefit from the knowledge you will gain in 11th grade? Continue reading ‘When Is the Best Time to Take the SAT or ACT?’

Algebra is Essential in More Ways Than You Think

The state of California is leaning toward dropping Algebra I from 8th grade, preferring to rely on a “Common Core” set of guidelines that leaves out Algebra. Having a math curriculum core that leaves out the foundation of all high school mathematics is a major retreat from the curriculum standard throughout the United States, an acknowledgment of a broken pedagogy. In addition, in a New York Times editorial, Andrew Hacker rails against Algebra I as unnecessary, as a waste that causes students to drop out. This attitude shift is one of the largest in the education economy in years. Arguing for dropping Algebra ignores the structural reality of higher education. During each phase of a student’s academic career, from high school through professional school, Algebra proves essential. Algebra is also increasingly necessary in all careers. Continue reading ‘Algebra is Essential in More Ways Than You Think’

Create a College Application Checklist

Summer is well underway, and whether your rising senior is busy with camps, internships, or travel, it is critical that he or she begin planning for the upcoming admissions season.  Many students will tend to procrastinate after a demanding junior year as they rightfully deserve more sleep at night.  However, those who completely put off the many time-consuming facets of a college application until fall are at a severe disadvantage.  Soon to face what should be the most demanding course load of their high school careers in conjunction with major extracurricular time commitments, seniors simply do not have time to pull together all of the components of their college applications without becoming extremely overwhelmed and stressed.  Read on for a list of application essentials that your student should work on this summer to avoid the time crunch. Continue reading ‘Create a College Application Checklist’

Getting Extended Time on the SAT and ACT: Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities

While college entrance exams are stressful for most high school students, the SAT and ACT can be particularly daunting for students with learning disabilities. Fortunately, students who take the proper steps can ensure that they receive all of the proper accommodations on the SAT or ACT. This article will explain to students the steps they will need to take to receive accommodations on the SAT or ACT and how they can make the most of those accommodations in order to maximize their standardized test scores. Continue reading ‘Getting Extended Time on the SAT and ACT: Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities’