Information, insight, and tips for the ACT

Halloween Edition: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
31 October, 2019
Happy Halloween! Here are two terrifying questions inspired by recent tests, a blood-curdling ACT and a spine-chilling SAT. Try them only if you dare. [quiz-cat id=”7229″]
Issue 18: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
26 September, 2019
Welcome back! This week’s issue is just like a good answer on the ACT English or SAT Writing & Language—short and sweet. First up, a pair of English questions inspired by the ACT and a Math question you might see on the SAT. [quiz-cat id=”7177″]
College Visit Questions to Get Beyond the Brochure
11 September, 2019
If you want to make yourcollege visit []worth the time and expense, you need to keep your eyes wide open — and your mouth, too, even in ways that may seem embarrassing. What are the best college visit questions? You have little time to learn a lot— so spy, ask, and excavate. Perhaps you don’t want to riskasking the tough questions [] , but, if you are lucky enough to tr
Issue 17: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
06 September, 2019
Welcome to the Back to School Special Edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler? To reflect the scholarly theme of fall, this week’s issue flips the script: Instead of getting the standard disclaimer that no rules or formulas are needed to solve, you’ll learn a few rules first and then test yourself on two Math questions, both inspired by problems on a recent ACT. Integers: All (real) numbers except for fractions and decimals. Factors: Numbers you multiply together to get another numb
Back to School Organization: Elementary School
23 August, 2019
It’s almost time to go back to school! Whether your child cannot wait to walk through those school doors, or is clinging onto these last weeks of summer, it is time to get organized for the new school year. Lower elementary grade teachers may institute their own organizational tools: folders to send home, cubbies at school, school shoes, reading logs: but this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Good organizational skills need to be modeled and reinforced, so here’s how you can help: 1. One is
5 Things You Should be Doing the Week Before the Big Test
23 August, 2019
You spend months preparing for the SAT or ACT. You take endless practice tests, expand your vocabulary, brush up on your math, and generally pour countless hours (often in a class or with a tutor) into getting ready for the test. With all that time and energy spent, you want to do everything you can the week before the test to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders on the big day. So here’s a list of things you can do the week before the test to make sure you’re ready to go as test day approa
How Does ACT Extra Time Work?
23 May, 2019
Sections of the ACT aren’t timed individually, so how does extra time work for the exam? Loren Dunn explains how the rules work, and shares some ACT test strategies. Many people are surprised to learn that individual sections aren’t timed during ACT extra-time administrations. What does this mean? Much to your benefit, you can use your extra time however you like. In other words, if you don’t actually need time and a half on, say, math, you don’t have to spend any extra time on math. Rather, yo
What To Do When You've Been Waitlisted
21 March, 2019
Some colleges and universities can’t admit all of the students they would like to—or might want the option to—in regular decision. The result? Waitlisted. Getting admitted from the waitlist is not easy, but it is possible at some schools. Although I do not suggest being overly optimistic, some strategies can help increase your chances. If you have time, which many seniors do as the school year winds down, I suggest implementing them. Before you get to work, familiarize yourself with waitlist d
A Strategy to Help Your Child Better Manage Her Time
19 February, 2019
As your child gets older, you probably notice that her commitment to school, sports, and extracurricular activities is growing, too. Middle and high school students generally have more homework than younger kids, and the number of practices for athletics, dance, music, hobbies and other activities increases as participants move to higher levels of achievement and skills. The Juggling Act of Taking on Too Much With so many competing responsibilities to juggle, the weight of all of the commitmen
President’s Day vs. Presidents’ Day: A Brief and Timely Lesson on the Apostrophe
15 February, 2019
Presidents’ Day? President’s Day? Presidents Day? You’ve probably seen all of them on various calendars and ads for seasonal sales. Which one is right? Actually, each can be considered grammatically correct, but each iteration conveys a slight difference in meaning. Is it any wonder then that students struggle with the apostrophe on the ACT and SAT? The good news is both tests limit the scope of apostrophes to possession on nouns and contractions on pronouns. That doesn’t mean apostrophes are e
5 Smart Rules to Follow When You Register for the ACT or SAT
09 January, 2019
Now that the holidays are over and everyone is back in school, it’s time to make your winter and spring plans for the ACT or SAT. There are some common mistakes that many people make when registering for the actual test, so the first step in smart preparation is to follow these good rules. DON’T MISS THE DEADLINES Make sure you register early both to avoid the late fee and to guarantee a space at your preferred testing site. You don’t need the stress of a long drive or an unfamiliar site on te
#AdmissionsPros: Dr. Aviva Legatt On Top-Choice Schools
09 July, 2018
Welcome to#AdmissionsPros []! In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. College admissions expert and Ivy League professor Dr. Aviva Legatt [] is the Founder and Principal Consultant of VivED Consulting