Category Archives: Testing

4 Action Steps from PSAT Scores

Whether you received your PSAT scores in December or plan to take the PSAT in the future, it’s crucial to understand the value of these scores. Engaging with the data and information, will provide valuable information for choosing ACT or SAT, deciding what classes to register for at your high school and for some a possible full ride to college! Listen and Learn…..

Where Are My PSAT Scores & What Do They Mean?!

READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW TO LOCATE YOUR SCORES! The PSAT (a pre-SAT) taken by virtually every U.S. 11th grader (and many younger students) and it’s also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). Students tested in October and their scores become available in December 2016. Counselors will receive the data on December 5th and a week later on December 12th scores will be available online for families in each student’s CollegeBoard account. Most schools opt to also receive paper reports to distribute to students. These will arrive at the schools in January 2017. So how … Continue reading

PSAT & National Merit Basics

Stephanie Meyer Twilight author, M. Night Shyamalan movie director, Jeffrey Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, John Roberts Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Bill Gates former Microsoft Chairman, Ben Bernanke Chairman of the US Federal Reserve have one thing in common.  They were each National Merit Scholarship winners chosen from a pool of 15,000 National Merit Finalists.  How did they get there? Each October more than 1.5 million high school juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship race by taking the PSAT test through Collegeboard at their local high school.  The PSAT doubles only in the junior year as the National Merit … Continue reading

Tips for Getting ACT Extended Time

You’ve never finished a PSAT or Pre-ACT test within the allotted time. Performing your best on the ACT or SAT is daunting task, because you most always require additional time at school. Quit stressing and apply for extended time on the ACT or SAT.  You never know, you may just qualify and can relax a bit! Who Qualifies and How Students with physical disabilities, medical conditions, hearing or visual impairment, those who have diagnosed ADHD, psychiatric conditions or learning disabilities may apply for extended time.  Before you apply for accommodations, you’ll need to register online for your ACT test. As with everything in the … Continue reading

Rising Senior Summer – Be Prepared for Fall Apps

For many of you, it’s hard to believe just months from now as senior year is starting you’ll need to be ready to apply to college. That statement may leave many of you feeling behind. So how do you maximize summer so you’re ready and not overwhelmed come fall? 1. Finalize list for application. Most college applications go online August 1st, including the Common App which over 500 colleges use. LEAP recommends you start these apps when they come available to so they don’t crowd your fall schedule when you’ll have a lot more to do. To be ready to … Continue reading

Summer To-Do for Rising Juniors

Sophomore year is coming to a close. Students are thinking they are “half-way through” high school. While that may be true, when you  factor in that by August 1 of the following summer going into your senior year you’ll be ready to apply to college, students suddenly realize it’s time to LEAP forward with college selection. Whatever the grades are at the end of the junior year (and for most test scores – if you plan right!), that is what you’ll apply to college with and that list of colleges needs to be finalized before the senior year begins. To … Continue reading

Do I need SAT Subject Tests?

The lesser known SAT Subject Tests may be required at your colleges of choice; typically, these are used by more selective colleges where they’ll want to see two tests.  Be sure you are checking all testing requirements for each school in which you are interested, so you don’t overlook these important tests if they are required. What are They? Really, just what they say they are.  These tests, formerly known as SAT II’s to your parents, are meant to measure achievement in high school courses.  There are 20 possible tests across 5 content areas.  They are different in nature to the SAT, which is a reasoning … Continue reading

Crystal Ball: the PLAN Test

The PLAN Test is an ACT based test normed to 10th graders.  Many schools around the country give the test to their 9th and 10th graders as it has high value.  For those living in the Greater Cincinnati area whose school does not give the test, LEAP gives a retired version of the actual test several times each year. Why invest the time in taking the PLAN test? Predict future ACT scores. While the scale of the PLAN test is 32, versus the ACT’s 36, it does cover the same content areas as the ACT and therefore can give a … Continue reading

Dominate the SAT Subject Tests

Your college(s) of choice may have stringent testing  standards that require you to take the SAT Subject  Tests. Be sure to check all testing requirements for each prospective school to avoid overlooking important admissions criteria. What are Subject Tests? As their name indicates, these tests (formerly known as SAT II) measure achievement in specific high school courses. There are 20 possible tests across five content areas. They are different in nature to the SAT, which is a reasoning test. They also differ from AP tests, which measure college level curriculum. Many students find Subject Tests similar to classroom tests or … Continue reading

Timing is Everything with Testing

Every fall LEAP receives at least several calls of anxiety ridden parents whose senior student has yet to have a first attempt at the ACT or SAT, let alone the recommended second attempt. Now they realize their back is up against the wall with limited testing dates and college application deadlines. With the ample number of ACT and SAT test dates year-round, there is no reason for a family to ever get in this position. Make a Plan LEAP has been prepping students for college entrance exams since 1999 with great results.  From our experience, we advise for most students to start … Continue reading

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