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In the Beginning The Academic Approach story begins with its founder, Matthew Pietrafetta, as a PhD candidate and instructor at Columbia University in New York City. While simultaneously teaching core curriculum classes to Columbia freshmen and tutoring high school students for the SAT and ACT, Matthew took note of significant challenges that were facing these […]
“Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.“ At Academic Approach, we get asked all the time, “is the essay optional?” The answer is yes, but also no. Technically, the essay on both the ACT and SAT is optional – you can elect to take either test with or without […]
Last month, ACT and College Board released their new concordance tables. These are the first to directly relate the ACT to the redesigned SAT, first used in 2016. They were developed through a joint comprehensive research study that included analysis of the scores of nearly 600,000 graduating seniors in the class of 2017. Though the […]
After students and families anxiously log in to their ACT and College Board accounts on score release day, the first question many will ask is whether they should retest. Of course, there are always students who are exceedingly happy with their score, and they should celebrate by putting the ACT and SAT behind them. Others […]
Summer Learning Happens So Fast Summer is nearly here and, as students get through their finals and AP tests, it can be hard to convince them that summer learning is an opportunity rather than a chore. Depending on the individual student’s strengths, goals, and timeline, summer tutoring can be optimal for ACT or SAT preparation. […]
Major changes to college-entrance exams like the SAT or ACT can make Hamlets of us all, leaving us wondering what to do, what path to take, whether ‘tis nobler to SAT or ACT? To help students and families with their “Hamlet-izing,” let’s consider the following issues. Reading Comprehension: What Kind of Decision Maker is your […]
In March, ACT announced fall 2016 reporting enhancements that include two major changes: • A redesign in the look and feel • The replacement of current sub-scores with more comprehensive reporting categories aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards and The Common Core Today, ACT released the first views into those reports and details […]
Supporting your child through the standardized testing process can raise some age-old anxieties. Am I starting too early and overwhelming her? Am I starting too late and neglecting him? What are other parents doing for their child? Although these feelings intensify as SAT and ACT testing approaches, they are by no means new. Here are some guidelines to help parents get the most out of test prep.
This week Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced to parents and educators its plan for a college entrance exam for spring 2016: CPS will remain committed to the ACT, with the Class of 2017 all taking a fully-funded ACT on May 3rd. Beyond this commitment to ACT for this school year, CPS indicated the heightened probability of a transition to the SAT for next school year.