2018-2019 SCHOOLS THAT SUPERSCORE ACT

Superscoring is when colleges consider your highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT or ACT. Rather than confining your scores to one particular date, these schools will take your highest section scores, forming the highest possible composite score.

Example of Superscoring:

February 2018: English 27, Math 28, Reading 28, Science 28—Composite 27

April 2018: English 27, Math 30, Reading 31, Science 26—Composite 29

July 2018: English 29, Math 27, Reading 29, Science 30—Composite 29

If a student were to submit all three scores, the institutions below would pull the highest subtest scores from each date:

English 29, Math 30, Reading 31, Science 30 – a Composite score of 30

Colleges and Universities

Abilene Christian University (TX)

Adelphi University (NY)

Agnes Scott College (GA)

Albion College (MI)

Albright College (PA)

Alderson Broaddus University (WV)

Allegheny College (PA)

Amherst College (MA)

Antioch College (OH)

Appalachian State University (NC)

Austin College (TX)

Averett University (VA)

Babson College (MA)

Bard College (NY)

Bates College (ME)

Baylor University (TX)

Becker College (MA)

Beloit College (WI)

Bentley University (MA)

Berea College (KY)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Boston College (MA)

Bowdoin College (ME)

Brown University (RI)*

Bryant University (RI)

Bucknell University (PA)

Butler University (IN)

California Institute of Technology

California Polytechnic University at Pomona

California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo

California University of Pennsylvania

Central Michigan University

Claremont McKenna College (CA)

Clark University (MA)

Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Colby College (ME)

Colgate University (NY)

College of Charleston (SC)

College of Saint Benedict (MN)

College of the Holy Cross (MA)

College of Wooster (OH)

Colorado State University

Columbia University (NY)

Connecticut College

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (NY)

Cornell College (IA)

Culinary Institute of America (NY)

Davidson College (NC)

Delaware Valley University (PA)

Denison University (OH)

DePaul University (IL)

DeSales University (PA)

Dickinson College (PA)

Drexel University (PA)

Duke University (NC)*

Duquesne University (PA)

Earlham College (IN)

Eckerd College (FL)

Elmira College (NY)

Elon University (NC)

Emerson College (MA)

Endicott College (MA)

Eugene Lang College of The New School University (NY)

Fairfield University (CT)

Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)

Flagler College (FL)

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida International University

Florida Southern University

Florida State University#

Franklin College (IN)

Franklin and Marshall College (PA)

Furman University (SC)

Gannon University (PA)

George Washington University (DC)

Georgia Institute of Technology#

Gettysburg College (PA)

Gonzaga University (WA)

Gordon College (MA)

Grinnell College (IA)

Grove City College (PA)

Guilford College (NC)

Hamilton College (NY)

Hampden-Sydney College (VA)

Hampton University (VA)

Hanover College (IN)

Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Haverford College (PA)

Hawai’i Pacific University

Hendrix College (AR)

High Point University (NC)

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

Hofstra University (NY)

Hollins University (VA)

Hood College (MD)

Hunter College of the City University of New York

Illinois Institute of Technology

Indiana State University

Indiana University at Bloomington

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Iona College (NY)

Ithaca College (NY)

James Madison University (VA)

Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Juniata College (PA)

Kalamazoo College (MI)

Kenyon College (OH)

Kettering University (MI)

King’s College (PA)

Knox College (IL)

La Roche College (PA)

La Salle University (PA)

Lafayette College (PA)

Lake Forest College (IL)

Lawrence University (WI)

Lehigh University (PA)

Lemoyne College (NY)

Loyola University of Chicago (IL)

Loyola University of Maryland

Loyola University of New Orleans (LA)

Lycoming College (PA)

Lynn University (FL)

Macalester College (MN)*

Marist College (NY)

Marlboro College (VT)

Mary Baldwin College (VA)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mercer University (GA)

Merrimack College (MA)

Messiah College (PA)

Miami University of Ohio

Middlebury College (VT)

Monmouth University (NJ)

Montclair State University (NJ)

Mount Holyoke College (MA)

Nazareth College (NY)

New College of Florida

New York University

Niagara University (NY)

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University (MA)

Northern Arizona University

Northwood University

Occidental College (CA)*

Ohio Wesleyan University

Olin College of Engineering (MA)

Parsons School of Design of The New School University (NY)

Pitzer College (CA)

Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)

Pomona College (CA)

Presbyterian College (SC)

Providence College (RI)*

Radford University (VA)

Randolph College (VA)

Randolph-Macon College (VA)

Reed College (OR)*

Robert Morris University (PA)

Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Roger Williams University (RI)

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

Rutgers University Camden (NJ)

Sacred Heart University (CT)

Saint Anselm’s College (NH)

Saint John’s College (MD and NM)

Saint John’s University (NY)

Saint Michael’s College (VT)

Saint Olaf College (MN)

Salve Regina University (RI)

Samford University (AL)

San Diego State University (CA)

Sarah Lawrence College (NY)

Scripps College (CA)

Seton Hall University (NJ)

Shepherd University (WV)

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Simmons College (MA)

Soka University of America (CA)

Spelman College (GA)

Stanford University (CA)*

State University of New York College at Geneseo

State University of New York College at Purchase

State University of New York University at Albany

State University of New York University at Buffalo

Stony Brook University (NY)

Susquehanna University (PA)

Swarthmore College (PA)

Syracuse University (NY)

Taylor University (IN)

Temple University (PA)

Texas Christian University

Texas Lutheran University

Texas Tech University

The Citadel (SC)

Trinity College (CT)

Trinity University (TX)

Tufts University (MA)

Union College (KY)

Union College (NY)

United States Air Force Academy (CO)

United States Coast Guard Academy (CT)

United States Merchant Marine Academy (NY)

United States Military Academy (NY)

United States Naval Academy (MD)

University of Arkansas

University of Chicago (IL)

University of Colorado

University of Connecticut

University of Delaware#

University of Denver (CO)

University of Georgia

University of Idaho

University of Illinois*

University of Mary Washington (VA)

University of Maryland Baltimore County

University of Maryland College Park

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Miami (FL)

University of Michigan*

University of New England (ME)

University of New Haven (CT)

University of New Mexico

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina Charlotte

University of North Carolina Greensboro

University of North Florida

University of Pennsylvania

University of Portland (OR)

University of Puget Sound (WA)

University of Rhode Island

University of Rochester (NY)

University of Saint Thomas (MN)

University of South Florida

University of Tampa (FL)

University of Tennessee

University of the South (Sewanee) (TN)

University of Tulsa (OK)

University of Virginia

University of Washington

Ursinus College (PA)

Valparaiso University (IN)

Vassar College (NY)

Villanova University (PA)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Wabash College (IN)

Wagner College (NY)

Wake Forest University (NC)

Warren Wilson College (NC)

Washington and Jefferson College (PA)

Washington State University

Washington University in Saint Louis (MO)

Webb Institute (of Naval Architecture) (NY)

Wesleyan University (CT)

West Virginia University

Western New England College (MA)

Westmont College (CA)

Wheaton College (IL)

Wheeling Jesuit College (WV)

Whitman College (WA)

Willamette University (OR)

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Williams College (MA)

Winthrop University (SC)

Wofford College (SC)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

Xavier University (OH)

*– indicates that college does not recompute composite but will consider all subscores from any test dates sent

 

#– indicates that college will super-duper score, combining best subscores from BOTH SAT AND ACT submitted (we really love these schools)

test on blackboard in chalk

ACT to SAT Conversion Table

This is the official table given by ACT.org and the College Board. Some colleges may use a slightly different table.

Preparing for the SAT or ACT Test

 Proctored, Practice Tests On-line

You can take an on-line, proctored, practice test from your home free, as well as receive a detail report on areas you should focus on. Some students can really benefit from the structure of this testing situation and the assessment. It is helpful to know what your score would be, and how you can improve. Sign-up for a mock test  by clicking on this link, httpss://www.applerouth.com/iec/annapoliscollegeconsulting/. The test will be scored and analyzed by Applerouth free, giving you excellent feedback on your areas of weakness. They will then suggest one-on-one tutoring to help you to address these areas. You do not need to use them, please feel free to find the best method for you.

Determine the Best Method of Study

Once you have taken practice tests, please determine your best method of studying. Some of you may want to take a class to get a thorough review of all the areas, some will like the convenience of on-line help, others may want private tutoring. Look at the costs and evaluate your learning style.

Khan Academy is the official site  SAT test preparation. The new SAT now covers 80% of the same material that the ACT does, so you can use it to study for either test.  There are many, many companies which offer help, please find a method that works well for you.

Test Preparation Methods and Companies 

Applerouth Education Tutoring provides one-on-one tutoring for ACT, SAT and school subject tests.

Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides free tutoring for the SAT and ACT as well as many other subjects.

Compass Education Group offers free testing and scoring, as well as tutoring.

C2 Educate Tutoring with a branch located in Severna Park, it is very good in-person tutoring.

Number2.com free online test prep courses.

Princeton Review has class and on-line options

ACT registration and resources for preparing to take the ACT.

Register for the SAT, get test dates find out what to expect when you take the test.

Check Colleges to See if  You Need to Do the Writing Section

Very few colleges are evaluating the writing section these days. Here is the list. Unless you are applying to elite schools, you probably will not need to do the optional writing section.

Practice Now for Good Results Later

Take practice tests and get comfortable with the material, it should make a difference in your scores. Do a little every week, maybe an hour or three. This is like a sport, practice improves your game and score.

 

 

5 Important Elements Colleges Look For

  1. High Grades. Grades are a sign of intellect and effort, and the best indication of how you will perform in college. College admissions wants you to take the hardest classes that you can that you will get at least a B in. Focus on your grades and work with your teachers.
  2. Taking the most rigorous curriculum that you can while still getting high grades. AP’s, Honors, College Classes, IB if available. Colleges consider your options and want you to  challenge yourself and be successful. Here is an article on choosing the right classes.
  3. Standardized Test Scores. Many colleges consider these, but some colleges are test optional. There are choices you should consider before you start this process. Is the ACT or the SAT right for you? When should you take the standardized tests? How should you prepare for each test to be successful in the college process? Testing information.
  4. Write an Essay in senior year that strikes a chord with the admissions representatives. What do we need to tell colleges to make you the kind of candidate that they want? College essays should be very personal, thoughtful and demonstrate your background, values, goals, or an achievement. Here is an article on writing a memorable college essay.
  5. Your Demonstrated Interest in the institution. You need to show that this is a college that you are very interested in, not just one on your list which is a back-up school. Many college admissions offices track every contact you have with them. How to demonstrate interest.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annually surveys member colleges and universities. Here are the latest survey results for what colleges say is important:

  • Grades in college prep courses: 79.2%
  • Grades in all courses: 60.3%
  • Strength of curriculum: 60.2%
  • Admission test scores: 55.7%
  • Essay or writing sample: 22.1%
  • Student’s demonstrated interest: 16.9%
  • Counselor recommendations: 17.3%
  • Class rank: 14.0%
  • Teacher recommendation: 15.2%
  • Subject test scores (AP/IB): 7.0%
  • Portfolio: 6.6%
  • Interview: 3.5%
  • SAT II scores: 5.3%
  • Extracurricular activities: 5.6%

11th Grade College Planning Timeline

Eleventh grade is very important in the college planning process, with standardized testing, defining your college list, connecting with teachers for strong letter of recommendation, and keeping your grades high. 

This Summer

Make your time productive
Students should be participating in constructive activities during the year, colleges care. If your child has a career goal in mind, see if you can help arrange a day where he or she can “shadow” someone who works in that field.

Take practice SAT & ACT to determine your best test
We will compare your scores on the SAT & ACT practice test to determine which test is the best for you. Please take a Practice Test for both the SAT and ACT by clicking on the link. You can also do it through other test companies or directly their sites. Look at these Test Prep Options. Here is a Conversion Table to see the different scores.

Do some early research
Look at these articles Finding a College that you Love and Researching a College to see what is important. Then use Scoir to look at colleges that might be of interest. The website provides good college entrance information, as well as information about what schools offer. Find time for you to check out some of the websites and pick colleges that you are interested in exploring. Reach out to the admissions office and ask them to send you information. Most colleges track all contact that you have with them to determine how interested you are in the school.

This Fall – This year the college search process really gets going.

Focus on getting the best grades that you can, and getting help where needed
Monitor your grades throughout the year and find ways to keep them high. Talk to teaches when you don’t understand a concept, and ask for extra work at the end of a semester when you grade is a on the edge of a higher one. Showing an interest and communicating with your teacher can make a difference in your grade.

Research colleges
Continue to add schools which you learn about and may be of interest. Use Scoir to help define your college list to include schools that meet your most important criteria (academic majors, size, location, cost, or activities). Build a list of about 10 colleges which really excite you.

Organize your college information
Set up a filing system on your computer or use file folders for each college’s correspondence and printed materials. This will make it easier to locate the specific information you’re looking for.

Try to find time to visit colleges on your days off
Seeing colleges in session is more useful than during the summer. It gives you a chance to see the students and the vibe of the campus.See my article Visiting Colleges. There may be Options for College Visits so check on them. Take a tour and attend the information session. You may also be able to talk to students or sit in on a class which interests you.

Be an active participant
Go to college fairs at your school or other venues, speak with college representatives who visit your high school, like colleges’ Facebook pages after you have enhanced yours, see Colleges Look at your Social Media. Be open-minded as many students change their criteria significantly during this process.

Be prepared by practicing
We will determine which tests you will take (ACT, SAT, SAT subjects tests) and the dates for them, please register for them and mark those dates on your calendar. You will need to prepare by taking practice tests and getting comfortable with the material.

This Winter – Stay involved, organize college lists, and prepare for standardized tests

Make a difference with your extracurricular activities
Colleges look for consistency and depth in the activities you pursue. Taking on leadership roles or starting a new venture and making a commitment is significantly more important than just being a member of an activity. I will be sending out an article on this shortly.

Discuss colleges with family and friends
Have discussions about the colleges you’re interested in and learn more about them. Talk to students about what college life is like, especially if they attend a school you’re interested in. Although it’s important to hear what the admissions staff has to say about a school, it’s also important to get the students’ perspective. Your family and friends can learn about what you want to pursue and you can hear any concerns or suggestions they might have. Also feel free to e-mail me with any questions or information that you need.

Use your summer wisely, plan ahead

Summer employment and internships in fields you’re interested in is ideal and powerful on a college application or resume, but there are many other options, Summer Activities that Give you and Edge, and Summer Activities part 2. Be involved in something that interests you. One needs to start looking into this in the winter as some programs and opportunities have early deadlines.

Next Spring – Take the standardized test at least twice and keep your grades high
Continue to prepare for standardized tests.
Practice makes testing easier, less stressful, and you more successful. Take either the SAT or the ACT at least twice in junior year. If you need SAT subject tests schedule them for June. Know that you can take the ACT or SAT again in the fall of your senior year if you’re unhappy with your scores.

Pick classes for senior year.
Touch base with me before you pick your classes, don’t load up on easy electives. Colleges do review your senior year courses and grades, so challenge yourself and take classes that are in your areas of interest. See this article for more information, How Many AP’s to Take.

Some high schools want you to ask teachers for letters of recommendation before the summer
Teachers and guidance counselors are often asked to write recommendations for lots of students. Consider whom you want to ask now and let them know so they’ll have time to prepare before the fall. Ask teachers who know you well and who will have positive things to say. Please read this article to get the best letter possible, How to get a Great Recommendation.  If you have a coach, activity leader, or a boss who knows you well outside of school and can speak to your accomplishments and character that is also valuable.

Plan campus visits during Spring break

You should plan ahead and sign up for the tours when visiting colleges. Spring break can be a very busy time for colleges, so make sure there is room. You can sign up on-line or call the admissions office. There may be Options for College Visits so check on them.

Preparation for Standardized Tests

  1. Study Beforehand

See where your weaknesses are and learn what you don’t know. Get comfortable with the format of the test so you can be ready for the type of questions that they ask. There is an enormous range of test prep choices available, from personalized tutoring to free resources, available online or at the local library.

  1. Take Practice Tests

The more you practice, the better you will get at taking those long tests. Sitting for three plus hours is hard, so the weekend before the exam, make yourself go through a whole test. Please, however, remember to take breaks. Staying focused for hours at a time is like athletics, if you don’t practice, you won’t perform well.

  1. Know the ACT / SAT Test Location

If you are unfamiliar with the test location, take a trip there before the test. You don’t want to get lost on the way to the test and arrive late. This will help reduce any extra stress having to find your way on the day of the test.

  1. Prepare Required Items the Night Before

Prepare all of the items on the SAT or ACT test day checklist the night before so you’re not searching for them the morning of the test.

This means you’ll need to have your ID, admissions ticket, No. 2 pencils, eraser, calculator (if allowed), extra batteries, healthy snacks, and a water bottle ready to take to the test in the morning. Put everything together the night before. Minimal stress before the test will help boost your confidence and let you focus on what really matters.

  1. Go to Bed Early for Two Nights before the Test

Many times we are exhausted the day after we have stayed up too late. Make sure to get enough sleep for both nights as this will help your concentration and attention span.

  1. Get up Early on Test Day

Do not press the snooze button. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Grab all your stuff and breathe deeply if you start feeling anxious.

  1. Eat Protein for Breakfast

You will need to keep your stomach full and energy up for this long test. Consider having something healthy and filling with protein.

  1. Control Your Thoughts and Stay Focused

When you don’t know answers to questions it is easy to start accumulating negative thoughts. Stay positive and focused on the task at hand. You are not supposed to know all the answers, just do the best hat you can. It helps a lot of people to take deep breaths as it brings more oxygen into your body which helps keep you calm and focused.

Your Checklist for Senior Year

Staying on top of the college process is key to your success. Here is a month by month listing of what you need to do. Please stay current and communicate with us.

SEPTEMBER

❑ Start to fill out your Common App, Coalition App, or Specific College Apps. Make sure that we see your essays before they are added.

❑ Check Naviance and sign up for college visits at your school. Read this article, it will make a big difference, Know your college representative.

❑ Decide if you will apply Early Decision or Early Action to your top choice school. If so make sure everything is sent on time. Let us know.

❑ Tell your counselor and recommenders when you need letters written by. They need at least three weeks’ notice.

❑ Look at the fall calendar — plan final campus visits/interviews.

❑ Take a look at your social media and clean it up!

❑ Request interviews at colleges that you are interested in, where available.

 

OCTOBER

ED and EA candidates prepare to submit applications by the deadline, Nov. 1st or 15th!

❑ Attend local college fairs and college visits at your high school. Connect with the people who will be reading your application.

❑ Check Naviance to follow up with recommenders to make sure that they have written their letters.

❑ Fill out the FAFSA and CSS Profile if you qualify to receive financial aid. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available as is the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (required by many private schools and a few flagship state universities).

❑ Take advantage of priority deadlines — get your application considered sooner and increase eligibility for merit aid.

❑ Use my tracking form to stay on top of what’s due when. Plan to submit applications before the due dates, preferably before winter vacation!

❑ Confirm that counselor and teacher recommendation letters have been uploaded into the Common Application and request transcripts be sent to the schools you’re applying to (there may be a small fee for each transcript).

❑ Decide which test scores (SAT, ACT) to send and order score reports.

❑ Follow up with colleges to make sure all application materials were received.

 

NOVEMBER

❑ Continue to “demonstrate interest” in schools — open emails from colleges, call the admission office to request an alumni interview, etc.

Make sure all essays are approved by us before they are sent to colleges. The deadline to have the draft in to us is Thanksgiving.

❑ Finalize your college list and finish all essays.

❑ Follow up with colleges to make sure all application materials were received.

 

DECEMBER

❑ Note financial aid application deadlines, which may differ from admission application deadlines.

❑ Proof any remaining applications one final time and “submit”!

❑ Let me know about any acceptance you receive.

 

JANUARY

❑ Make sure mid-year grade reports are sent to all schools you’ve applied to.

 

FEBRUARY

❑ Beware of Senioritis…stay on track academically!

❑ Begin planning for summer (work, travel, volunteering, etc.).

 

MARCH

❑ Decisions arrive in the mail and/or online by the end of the month, so get ready to handle and share “the news.”

❑ Celebrate!

 

APRIL

❑ Attend “admitted student” events on campus and compare/contrast other aspects of the schools where you were accepted (including financial aid awards).

❑ If you were wait listed, express interest to the school.

❑ Send a deposit by May 1st to accept a spot at the college of your choice!

❑ Continue to do your work in class so grades don’t “droop” too much.

❑ Start planning the graduation party!

 

MAY

❑ Thank teachers, counselors, and coaches who helped you apply to college.

❑ Open and respond promptly to communications from the college — information about housing, orientation, course registration, etc.

❑ Study for finals and AP exams — end the year strong.

❑ Solidify summer plans (work? travel? study? volunteer?).

❑ Connect with future classmates (and perhaps find a roommate) through the college’s official social media sites.

❑ Enjoy time with your friends and family and bask in the glow of your accomplishments at graduation!

ACT & SAT Test Dates and Registration

College consultants are seeing the more popular colleges’ test scores rising each year. This means that the test score that would have gotten you in the previous year may not be enough next year. Also the new SAT test scores are higher than the old SAT scores (inflation).

Please take whichever test you are better at twice during this school year. This will give us a good indication of which colleges sould be on your list. If you are not satisfied with the scores you will be able to retake the test in the fall before early decision and early action dates.

Below are the dates and links to register early so that you can go to the testing center of your choice.

ACT DATES 2019 – 2020

 Register at www.ACT.org 

Here are the anticipated test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for 2019-2020.

2019-2020 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020

*No test centers are scheduled in California or New York for the July test date.

SAT Test Dates 2019 – 2020 (US)*= Refers to online score release. The first date is when multiple choice scores come out, and the second one is when complete scores are available.

 

2019-20 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
August 24, 2019

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date July 26, 2019 August 6, 2019 (for mailed registrations)

August 13, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)

August 13, 2019
October 5, 2019

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date September 6, 2019 September 17, 2019 (for mailed registrations)

September 24, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)

September 24, 2019
November 2, 2019

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date October 3, 2019 October 15, 2019 (for mailed registrations)

October 22, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)

October 22, 2019
December 7, 2019

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date November 8, 2019 November 19, 2019 (for mailed registrations)

November 26, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)

November 26, 2019
March 14, 2020

Register

SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date February 14, 2020 February 25, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

March 3, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

March 3, 2020
May 2, 2020

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date April 3, 2020 April 14, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

April 21, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

April 21, 2020
June 6, 2020

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date May 8, 2020 May 19, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

May 27, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

May 27, 2020

*The late registration deadline is about one week earlier if you are registering by mail.

**Regular SAT only.

            Not all Subject Tests are offered on a given date!  For example, Languages with Listening are offered only in November.  Please be sure to check with the College Board as to what Subject Tests are offered on which dates.

Why Prep Early for The SAT or ACT?

Studies have shown that preparing early for these tests improves your ultimate scores.

Why? Well, preparing early allows for more distributed learning sessions, more contact time, exposure to the material, and more time to take official tests. To understand a concept you need to be able to apply it to other problems that you will be tested on in  the future. If you are cramming for an exam you are using memorization. After the test the information may leave your brain. To truly learn you must study at a deeper level. Here are some techniques:

  • Pick a Prep Method and Make a Study Plan. Follow through.
  • Stay on Schedule. As I outlined, waiting until the last minute means that you are no longer studying – you are memorizing.
  • Actively Learn. Studies have shown this to be the most effective way to study. As you read your notes and your text, create exercises for yourself to ensure you are learning the material. Apply it, or discuss it, or try to teach a friend the information.

Testing companies suggest that you prepare for 6 – 8 weeks before taking your first sanctioned test. This makes you more confident, relaxed and capable. Here is information on preparing effectively.

Experts agree that students should take the test three times between junior year and the beginning of senior year. Multiple testing periods may allow for some colleges to Superscore your test. Through repeated testing, there is also a gain in mastery and exposure. You get a different effect from a live sitting vs. a practice test. When you’re in a live test, each time you take it work for a higher score. This reinforces a feeling of accomplishment.

All testing should be finished by October of senior year so that you can take advantage of Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines, which in the admissions process can give you an enormous advantage.

For these reasons I want you to take a timed and scored practice test for both the SAT & ACT this summer. From those we will determine which is the better test for you. Here is the conversion table.  If you are better at one test, stick with that exam. If you are the same or close, it is the student’s preference.

If you are taking Algebra 2 in junior year, you should not take your standardized tests until May or June since this material is part of either test. Otherwise, depending on your test scores, we will put together a plan of when to take the tests.

May and June are the best time to take SAT subject tests so that they correlate with your AP classes. Only top-tier colleges are using these scores, however.

In summary, testing is a journey which is best to start early so your results will be positive.

How to help kids succeed on the SAT

Published by The Chesapeake Family Magazine
By Katie Riley

Last year more than 1.6 million high school students took the SAT, and many hope tutoring will boost their score. But the question is, what type of tutoring is best and is it affordable?

“I’ve had mixed results with SAT prep courses because it really depends on the motivation of the student and which type of tutoring program they choose,” says Cori Dykman, owner of Annapolis College Counseling, a service that helps prepare and guide students through the college process.

Traditional classes like Princeton Review and Kaplan offer several multi-week courses at dozens of area locations, but the class doesn’t come cheap. Course fees start at around $500.

In an effort to make test preparation available to everyone, the College Board recently partnered with Khan Academy to provide free, targeted test prep for students online. The Khan Academy program provides detailed assessments and dozens of sample tests and exercises. It also directs students to an extensive library of video tutorials based on a student’s test results and weaknesses.

“Khan Academy is excellent,” Dykman says. “It’s free and offers great resources. I always tell my students to start there and then maybe consider a private tutoring option after that.”

Private online tutoring is an option that is gaining popularity due to its convenience and personalized service. Companies like Applerouth match students with one-on-one online tutors based on interviews, academic strengths and weaknesses, and test results.

Julia Drooff, a senior at Broadneck High School, began using Applerouth during her junior year after a disappointing score on her SAT subject test.

“I knew that if the SATs were anything like [the subject test], then I would not do well,” Drooff says. Her older sister had already used Applerouth and experienced considerable improvements.

“They matched me up with an amazing tutor who helped me get to the root of my testing anxiety,” Drooff says. She worked with the tutor monthly for a year and half, taking practice tests and attending online tutoring sessions.

“I developed a personal relationship with my tutor, and we would text regularly. Her encouragement did wonders for my confidence,” Drooff says, noting that she saw a significant increase in her scores and was recently accepted by her first choice college.

Whether students choose Khan Academy, traditional courses or private tutoring, experts agree that the best way to prepare is simply through practice.

“The most helpful method out there is to take practice tests,” Dykman says. “Sitting and focusing for three to four hours is exhausting for any student, and practice tests can help with timing, directions and knowing what questions to expect. I tell students to never go into an exam blind. The practice is invaluable.”