Choosing a Test Prep Program

Often I’m asked for help selecting a test prep program, course, or tutor (usually in an email that provides almost no details of the situation of the asker…but that’s another story) and of course, if you ask me a question this leads to a 500+ word screed as a response. […]

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Who Wins With SAT and ACT School Day?

This is a draft.. I never finished it.. but i’m tired of working on it so it goes up as is. This past fall NYC DOE officially announced their participation in College Board’s SAT School Day program. This program had been quietly piloted in 40 schools in March of 2015, […]


Hate-Reads: College Admission, Testing, and the Media

The media is chock full of trash when it comes to reporting on college admissions and especially college admission testing. There are few writers who provide the nuance and thoughtfulness that this process deserves. If I were a parent negotiating this process I’d be hard-pressed to sort the wheat from […]

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What is SHSAT test preparation? 1

Over the past 40 years, the representation of black and Hispanic students in New York City’s top performing high schools has declined sharply and calls for action have become increasingly loud. These calls hit a high note in 2012 when the NAACP filed a legal complaint against the city and […]


Assessing the Assessment: SHSAT

As we approach September in NY, I enter that special time of year affectionately know as “fall hell”, when parents of students in every transition grade realize that admission testing is looming and they need to figure it out. Parents of 11th and 12th graders have to think about SAT and […]

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The Use and Abuse of the SAT

Are New York City’s teachers as smart as their students? John Sexton, the ex-president of New York University, thinks not.  During a talk he gave on the future of American universities at the Library of Congress last week, he claimed that in the past five years, New York City public […]


College Board SAT Educator Reporting Panel – Amazing, useful, needed

In a year with a mis-timed SAT (leading to 2 sections not counting), cheating scandals, delayed PSAT results, incessant marketing of a practice tool as the solution to societal inequity and educational injustice, and fights between SAT and ACT, it’s easy to understand why the one of the few positive […]

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ACT-Kaplan Join Forces to Increase …

On Tuesday April 19th, I woke to find the following press release in my inbox. Las Vegas, NV (April 18th, 2016) – ACT, (the other test maker) has decided to partner with Kaplan Test Prep to offer free standardized test prep, in a new effort to emphasize the ineffectuality of […]


These times they are a’changing

This year has been a hectic time in college admission testing (and college access in general). There have been significant changes to the SAT, minor changes to the ACT, radical changes to the financial aid process (PPY anyone?), and heated discussions about radically overhauling the college admissions process itself. In […]


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SAT Disambiguation – Real World Math Problems

Since the announced changes to the SAT in March 2014, College Board officials have been on the world tour of high schools and education conferences trying to wow educators with their shiny new toy, the 15th iteration of the SAT. They’ve published exhaustive treatises on the research and specifications behind […]