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The Most Important 3 Letters in the Alphabet

Question:  What are the most important three letters in the alphabet for college bound seniors in the month of October?

Answer:  SAT or ACT. 

The scores students receive on each standardized test are supposed to be an indication of the student’s ability to be successful in college. 

With so much riding on three letters, students and parents are looking for multiple ways to ensure better test scores.

We see parents paying for tutors, or test preparation classes in books by both Kaplan  and Princeton Review that are both on-line or in a classroom.  There are also a number of books that offer the self-directed student a valuable way become familiar with the format and take real life examples of the test.

But what is a student that is not a good test taker to do? 

A new trend at 830 four-year colleges is to not use either the SAT or ACT to admit their degree applicants.  You can find a list here.    

What the colleges are finding is that:

  1. The applicant pools are more diverse without any loss of academic quality.
  2. High school performance can be a better way to forecast college success.
  3. Deemphasizing or eliminating the test scores results in more first-generation, low-income, female and minority candidates applying to college.

In this Week’s Pop Corn Friday’s College Video of the Week

Jed Appelrouth gives a less than five minute explanation on the origin of both tests.    

Quote of the Week

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to have what you want.”   – Margaret Young

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