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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

Don’t Let Poor Planning Wreck Your Test Scores

Juniors and seniors may be considering fall ACT and SAT testing.  Diving in headfirst without planning can result in less than optimal test scores and a series of problems. Seniors Most seniors testing are actually in a retest scenario knowing that 57% of all students improve their ACT score on a second attempt. If you’ve only tested once as a junior, retesting is recommended.  The higher your starting score the less likely you are to improve on a subsequent attempt. For seniors who have already tested more than once, you need to know what is at stake if you are … 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

Honoring ACT and SAT Score Choice

Back in the spring of 2005, SAT joined ACT in allowing for Score Choice. This means regardless of the number of times a student takes either test, the student is able to CHOOSE which single score report (or more) they would like to send to the colleges at the time of application. This policy, in my opinion, goes along with all the other privacy laws we’ve gained in recent years. I like it! Who’s Not Playing Fair? Unfortunately, there’s a rather small group of selective schools who believe they are above the policy of score choice and have a school … Continue reading

Don’t Get Turned Away on Test Day

In the wake of the SAT testing scandal on Long Island last year, ACT and SAT are putting similar security changes in place starting with the 2012-13 testing cycle. Sadly, the dishonesty of a few impacts the whole.  Don’t rely on what your older sibling or friend had to bring on test day to get in the door, or you might just be turned away. Smile! At the time of registration, students must submit a picture of themselves. Be sure it’s an individual picture with no sunglasses or hats and your face is easily discernible – you can find examples … Continue reading

Will Super Scoring Help with College Admission?

As June ACT and SAT scores rolled in, students started asking us IF they should retest.  I wrote about this last year in our post Who Should take the ACT or SAT Again?  Since that article, ACT has updated their statistics on who actually improves on a second attempt.  Overall, 57% of students will improve. To see your odds, according to ACT data which differs from students who prep with LEAP, consult the chart on the ACT site.  While considering whether to retest or not, the option of Super Scoring should be taken into consideration for students who already have two or more testing attempts on … Continue reading

What’s the “Write” Option?

Students who don’t like to write are often looking for outs when it comes to writing.  The ACT calling their writing or essay portion of the test “optional”, often feels like it’s ripe for opting OUT of the dreaded essay.  I caution students who are ready to take the easy way out. Round One Let’s take an actual LEAP student who took the ACT twice.  First round, the student earned an ACT composite of a 26 which is a good score.  The national average for ACT is a 21 and this student scored at the 84th percentile.  Furthermore, this student … Continue reading

Tips for Getting ACT Extended Time

You’ve never finished a PSAT, EXPLORE or PLAN test within the allotted time. Performing your best on the ACT is daunting task, because you most always require additional time at school. Quit stressing and apply for extended time on the ACT.  You never know, you may just qualify and can relax a bit! Who Qualifies and How Students with physical disabilities, 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 college selection and application process, … 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

ACT or SAT: Which One is for YOU?

ACT and SAT: either or both?  Many juniors are faced by this dilemma.  There is no one cookie cutter answer.  The good news is all colleges accept either, so you have options. LEAP is in the business of helping students sort out the details and make the best possible decision for you.  Which is exactly what our FREE ACT-SAT Essentials Seminar is all about on October 12th, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m.  If you are in the Greater Cincinnati join us by RSVP’ing here. Different Types of Tests To begin with, the nature of the ACT and SAT are different.  The ACT is an … Continue reading

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