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Are 8th Graders Really Ready for College Board’s RediStep Tests?

Are 8th graders ready to study like this for a College Board test?

I remember sitting in a huge high school auditorium, nervously watching my teacher pass out scantrons. Everyone had at least two #2 pencils and several layers of clothes to take on and off, depending on when the A/C kicked in. We weren’t allowed to leave the room for any reason because it might allow us to cheat. We were taking a test in high school that could possibly get us college credit hours. It was nerve wracking!

I took my first College Board AP test when I was in 10th grade. I was terrified! I couldn’t eat the day before and during the exam. I couldn’t sleep. I was trembling throughout the exam. It was bad.

Recently, College Board announced plans to extend this terror to 8th graders. The test would be called RediStep and allow these middle school students to earn college credit through a test. However, due to the economic condition of many schools across the nation, the plan was postponed until 2010.  Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Your Head Above All The Exams

studyingWhether its college or high school finals, IB Testing, AP Testing, or any other testing that is held during the tail end of school, the beginning of May signifies a long month for me and a number of other students. For me specifically, its IB testing.

IB testing encompasses the entire month of May with tests starting next Monday, the fourth, and lasting through May 22. Of course, just my luck, I have tests on the opening day all through May until the 22nd. I will be taking Psychology HL, Physics HL, English HL, Calculus SL, and Spanish SL. Throw in the AP Calculus test and I’m sure you can see I have quite the busy month ahead of me! Read the rest of this entry »

5 Things to Remember the Day of Your SAT/ACT Test

Whether you’re preparing for the SAT, ACT, or both- these are some good tips to apply for healthy preparation.

1. Number 2 Pencils– Be sure to bring PLENTY of them, too! Although the testing site may say they provide you with pencils if you forget them, don’t count on the pencils being the greatest! Be sure also to bring plain wood number 2s because the use of mechanical pencils is not allowed on standardized tests.

2. Calculator– Although calculators are not REQUIRED they come in handy when more complicated math problems come up on either test. Graphing calculators are allowed, but be sure to double check on the test’s website if your calculator make/model is allowed or not. Be sure, if using a graphing calculator, to throw in some extra batteries or change them the night before. Would hate to remember your calculator then have it die half way through a problem on the test! Or bring a back up calculator if you don’t have batteries or won’t have time to get any.

3. Snacks and Water– Although you aren’t allowed to eat or drink while the test is taking place, there are small breaks between sections, giving you time to not only stretch, but also a little time to munch! Keeping your metabolism up will help you stay awake and alert so that you will be able to address each question to the best of your ability!

4. Admissions Ticket– Whether you register online or by mail for the test, you should receive an admissions ticket telling you details such as time and location and date of your test and other rules. Be sure to bring this paper along because it shows proof of registration and is required at the beginning of your test or else you won’t be allowed in. Also be sure to bring a current photo ID, they require this also with the admissions ticket.

5. Yourself!– Be sure the night before you get a good night’s sleep, don’t stay up late cramming last minute facts into your head on some scientific theory that may not even show up on the test. Eat a good breakfast the morning of and pump yourself up by listening to your favorite song!

College Entrance Exams: SAT vs. ACT

sat testIt seems more students are taking than ACT college entrance exam than the SAT. The test has grown in popularity, as 1.42 million high school graduates took the ACT this past year. The average score was 21.1 out of a possible 36.

Comparing the two college entrance tests there are many similarities. SAT tests critical reading, writing and math; while the ACT tests reading, math, english, science and an optional writing portion. The cost for the SAT is $45 and the ACT $46 (with writing). The SAT takes twenty minutes longer at 3 hours, 45 minutes; the ACT takes 3 hours, 25 minutes.

Watch this video from ABC affiliate WSYR to learn more, and help determine which test is most appropriate for you.


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