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The goal of bringing Common Core testing to American students should be commended.
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There’s no exact science when it comes to improving a student’s grades, but there are certainly
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At this time of year, anxious juniors receive notice (more by email than by snail mail these days) of whether they were accepted to their various colleges of choice.  Mackler Associates is proud to report that this year we again have had students gain acceptance to some remarkable schools:  Boston College, Georgetown, Cornell, Notre Dame,...
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The College Board officially announced the changes coming to the SAT, beginning with the spring administration in 2016.  The PSAT will reflect the changes in the October 2015 administration. Due to the implementation of the Common Core Standards, complaints from certain colleges that the SAT did not sufficiently encourage high schools to implement more critical...
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The results for the January SAT and the February ACT should be in your inboxes by now, and for many juniors this was the first time taking these big tests.  Not surprisingly, many feel the scores were below expectations.  So…now what? Lower than expected scores result from three general sources:  lack of preparation, test anxiety...
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Many students take advantage of AP classes in high school — as well they should, as they provide an excellent window into what a freshman college course demands and also the chance to earn valuable hours of college credit. However, to secure the credit, most colleges require either a 4 or a 5 on the...
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One of the most frequently asked questions we receive involves the timing of the taking of the SAT and ACT.  Should I take it as early as possible or wait until the end of junior year?  Should I take it often or as little as possible?  What do colleges think? Juniors take the PSAT in...
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A common question we receive from prospective clients concerns the different types of providers of test prep.  Basically, they ask what makes one different than another, and is the only bottom line factor cost? Test prep for SAT and ACT takes various forms.  The most common involves a set of classes, some set in small...
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The New York Times ran an excellent article recently about the problems applicants have begun to face with regard to social media.  All parents and students should take this article as a warning.  You may not want to shut down your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, but you should begin to filter your content. Much of the...
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The New York Times recently reported that the Common Application online system has been overwrought with glitches and it has caused turmoil for students trying to get their applications timely filed before the early decision deadlines. As some background, the Common Application made some changes this year.  Some thought these changes mainly streamlined the application, changed some...
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