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Recently, the College Board, which administers the SAT and the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, announced two significant changes to the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. First, the SAT will no longer have an essay writing section. The current version with the essay contained a writing prompt that would require a student to compile an...
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In any other year not marked by a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus, high school juniors would be in high gear preparing for and scheduling test dates for the ACT and SAT to best position themselves for college choices. As we all know, this year has been anything but normal. High school has gone...
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Many students are currently attending school either entirely online, in a “remote” or “distance” environment, or through some form of “hybrid” experience where they attend one or two days a week, with the remainder online.  This form of education poses challenges. First, the very nature of remote learning minimizes contact with the teacher.  It may...
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COVID-19 has upended many of our normal routines, including education. It seems clear that this fall, most school districts will be offering students two options – learn entirely at home in a virtual campus, or attend in-person classes on a rotating basis with online learning, knowing those in-person classes will require social distancing, masks and...
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Because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and the delay of some SAT and ACT scheduled test dates, some colleges have announced they would move to a test optional admissions policy for the 2020-2021 academic year. What exactly is a test optional admissions policy? That is actually a critically important question and one we...
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Most students tend to think of the ACT as a not-so-fun requirement to get into college, no matter how selective the school.  But the ACT also aligns with scholarships in key ways that can make the pursuit of a high ACT score worth thousands of dollars in merit scholarships. State schools have been leaders in...
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With the new school year set to begin, juniors in particular have to decide whether and when to take the SAT and the ACT.  We can offer some guidance about which tests to take and when to begin ACT and SAT tutoring in St. Louis. Usually, most schools administer the PSAT to all juniors in...
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When the last day of school reaches its end, students flee from their classrooms filled with glee – and the promise not to see a book until the fall.  We call it summer break, but it need not be a break from thinking. The mind, luck the muscles in the body, need continual work and...
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St. Louis, MO (November 2018) –Thousands of juniors across our area took the PSAT in October. While the PSAT, as a shorter version of the SAT, serves as a qualifying test for National Merit scholarships, it principally serves as an introduction to the SAT and provides excellent feedback on whether a student should take the...
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Mackler Associates knows that October has arrived, and for juniors in high school that often means answering the age-old question: Do I take the ACT or the SAT? To give a full answer, we first need to understand the differences between the two tests. The ACT is a backward-looking test; colleges use it to see if...
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