Category Archives: SAT & ACT PREP

Should You Get SAT Question and Answer Service for Score Verification?

CPC recommends students use the results of their first SAT to study for their second (or third) attempt. Question and Answer Service – The question and answer service is a full disclosure guide to your scores and is available for an extra fee for the October, March and May tests.  It includes: A booklet copy of … Continue reading Should You Get SAT Question and Answer Service for Score Verification?

Shifting from Middle to High School Study Habits

Parents frequently ask CPC the question – when should my student start preparing for the SAT/ACT?  The less obvious answer is to start working on study habits now to be able to prep down the road. “Students who have not made the shift from middle to high school study habits will miss the boat even … Continue reading Shifting from Middle to High School Study Habits

Testing, Testing 123!

We all know that standardized test scores are an important element in college admissions decisions. So what is the secret to helping your teen manage the hype and pressure that surrounds these competitive exams? Like most things in life, if you are knowledgeable and make a plan, the process will be less stressful. Let’s get … Continue reading Testing, Testing 123!

Test-Optional Schools

Test-Optional Schools In recent years, many more colleges have become “test-optional” or “test-flexible.”  The question of whether the SAT’s fairly measure a student’s ability to succeed in college has been debated for decades.  Some see the exams as biased and unable to accurately portray a student’s intelligence or potential.   Some test-optional schools do not … Continue reading Test-Optional Schools

Accommodations for SAT, ACT and Other College Board Exams

Students with learning or other disabilities may be eligible to have accommodations when taking the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests. How does a student need to qualify for testing accommodations? To qualify, a student must 1) have a documented disability 2) show that taking the College Board exams will be impacted by the disability 3) … Continue reading Accommodations for SAT, ACT and Other College Board Exams

Why It Is Important for Juniors To Take the PSAT in October

Many students and parents do not realize the importance of the PSAT/NMSQT and might therefore push-off test prep until later in the academic year.  However taking the PSAT and doing well has significant benefits for certain students: Scholarship Opportunities The National Merit Scholarship Program is open to all PSAT-takers National Achievement Scholarship Program for Black … Continue reading Why It Is Important for Juniors To Take the PSAT in October

It’s Finally Here! Test Tips to Survive the Big Day

You have prepared and studied for months and now the time has come to actually take the SAT/ACT test.  Here are some last-minute test tips to get you across the finish line.  The Night Before Take A Break – That’s right. No studying. Call your parents in to read this right now if they are having a … Continue reading It’s Finally Here! Test Tips to Survive the Big Day

Essay Optional: Should I Register for this part of the SAT?

At CPC we recommend students sign up for the Essay Optional portion of the SAT test. Students have nothing to lose except 50 minutes of test time. The Essay Optional score is completely separate from the Reading/Writing score. What do they have to gain? Some colleges require the Essay Optional portion, while many colleges are … Continue reading Essay Optional: Should I Register for this part of the SAT?

Why SAT Scores May Go Down the Second Time Around

SAT scores went down???? It is one of the most frustrating experiences for your student after a second nerve-racking round of test taking, your student’s SAT scores went down.  Surprising to students and parents, SAT scores do not always increase the second time around – even with test prep and investments in resources. According to … Continue reading Why SAT Scores May Go Down the Second Time Around

Summer SAT Administration

Taking the summer SAT offers some students a head start on  their college applications or an additional chance to improve their scores For the first time since the 1970’s, College Board will be offering a summer administration of the SAT. The inaugural summer exam is scheduled for August 26, 2017.    Who can benefit from … Continue reading Summer SAT Administration

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