Valuable insights from Lynn O’Shaughnessy
a nationally recognized college expert.
April 1, 2020
U of California and other colleges rush to dump SAT and ACT tests during COVID-19
High school students are stressed about when they will be able to take the SAT and/or ACT test again, but there is some good news during the COVID-19 pandemic . A steady stream of colleges and universities have been announcing that they will not require SAT or ACT test scores for the 2021-2022 school year and possibly beyond that admission...
February 18, 2014
Good News for Poor Test Takers
Research that’s being described as a landmark study was released today that shows that high school students with strong grades and lower standardized ACT and SAT scores do as well in college as those who perform better on the standardized tests. The ambitious study, which was conducted on behalf of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, compared the academic...
August 31, 2012
Boosting Your ACT Score Through Superscoring
As another standardized test season kicks off, ACT test takers should know about ACT superscoring. To understand what superscoring is, here’s some background: Historically, college admission offices used a student’s composite ACT score that’s made up of four underlying categories: English Mathematics Reading Science The test maker averages the four subcores, with each ranging from 1 to 36, to create...
September 17, 2009
Lousy SAT Score? Don't Despair
I’ve been helping the college counselor at my son’s San Diego high school with an overwhelming task that he faces every fall: getting all the seniors ready to apply for college. Herding cats is the image that comes to mind when I contemplate how difficult his responsibility is. A lot of the teenagers who have asked me for advice have...
March 4, 2009
Surviving Bad SAT or ACT Scores
What adjective would best describe your SAT or ACT scores: A) Transcendent. B) Puissant. C) Sublime. D) Dreadful. If your answer was “D,” here’s news that can chase away that funk: The number of SAT and ACT-optional schools continues to climb so even if you don’t earn a good SAT score or good ACT score, there is hope. FairTest.org, the...