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Major Changes Coming to the SAT

Today, College Board announced major changes to the content and construct of the SAT suite of assessments. These changes do NOT impact current high school graduating classes of 2023 and 2024, but they WILL impact the class of 2025 (current freshmen) by spring of 2024. Here’s what you need to know:  The SAT Will Become [...]

January 25, 2022|

A Student’s Best New Year’s Resolution: A Steady Rise in Grades Tells the Right Story

We know that a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is the most influential driver in the college admissions process. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) State of College Admission 2019 report, the top 3 most important factors in admissions decisions all relate to academic performance in school: However, we also know [...]

January 7, 2022|

Test-Prepping – Supplemental Education – And Now Learning Pods (During the Time of COVID)

Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D, founded Academic Approach in 2001 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.  After teaching in Columbia University’s Core Curriculum and preparing New York City high school students for college entrance exams, Matthew worked to define a model of test preparation based less on strategy and more on skills-development.  Academic Approach empowers students [...]

October 8, 2020|

Understanding & Navigating Test-Optional Policies

The Basics Impact on Admissions Impact on Students Our Stance School-Specific Policies The Basics The impact of COVID-19 on education continues to be immense. With rapid school closures, a fast and sometimes rocky transition to e-learning, and even greater questions around access to education and resources, many colleges and universities have transitioned to being "test [...]

June 8, 2020|

Academic Approach: Beginnings

Academic Approach: Beginnings I founded Academic Approach in Chicago in 2001, but the story begins in 1996 in New York City when I was earning a Ph.D. in English at Columbia University. While I was teaching freshmen in Columbia’s core curriculum—classes on logic, rhetoric, grammar, and strategies of essay composition—I was also working as a [...]

September 30, 2019|

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