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The Uncertain Future of Testing

Twenty twenty has been a difficult year for the standardized testing industry, specifically the SAT and ACT.  Over the spring and summer, the ACT and SAT cancelled tests and hundreds of colleges, including highly selective ones, joined the test optional movement, at least for the 2020-2021 season. Jeff Selingo, author of the NY Times Bestseller… Read more

College Admissions during a Pandemic v. 5

It is difficult, these days, to keep up with all the news about college admissions, testing, and campus visits. Parents and students have more questions than answers?  Are schools opening in the fall? How are they opening?  Remotely? In person? A combination? Do students have to take the SAT or ACT?  What is test optional?… Read more

TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST – Advice for students in the class of 2021

 As of today, July 13, 2020, there are more than 1240 colleges and universities that have joined the test optional movement for at least the next year.  It has been estimated that by the end of August 2020, more than 50% of all colleges in the United States will have a test-optional policy. The tests,… Read more

College Admissions and the Coronavirus v.2

April 17, 2020 Since my last newsletter a few weeks ago, a lot has happened to impact high school and college students and their families.  Students – and all of us -have never experienced anything like this 2020 pandemic.  With schools closed and all events canceled, normal life has ground to a halt.  The closing… Read more

Why You Should Take a Second Look at Test-Optional Colleges

In light of the recent Varsity Blues Scandal, which continues to be in the news four weeks after the first headlines, I thought I would revisit an article that I wrote in 2015 about options to college admissions’ testing. As you know, the two assessments used by college admissions’ counselors are the SAT or the… Read more