Unfair Advantage: The SAT’s New Adversity Score

Unfair Advantage: The SAT’s New Adversity Score

Tutoring and prep books combined, Sandra’s* parents spent $2,000 on their child to score a 1570 on the March SAT. Without their support, Sandra said she would not have been able to reach her score. Students without this support, however, have always been at an unfair disadvantage, Sandra said. In an effort to capture students’ […]

Start putting extra time to the test

Start putting extra time to the test

As many students struggle to bubble in all of their answers while taking the infamously time-crunched ACT, some are given between 50 and 100 percent more time to complete the exam. These students are recipients of extra time: a system created with the intent of equalizing the playing field for test-takers with learning disabilities. Unfortunately, […]

Bonus Points: Are Expensive Tutors Worth It?

Bonus Points: Are Expensive Tutors Worth It?

Blake Wong ’17 sat across from his tutor, reciting his answers to the latest ACT practice test. The room, he said, felt like home, flooded with natural light and complete with warm wooden cabinets. “Yup,” “Yes,” “Correct,” his tutor said after each answer. His anticipation was rising after each correct answer. “Could this be the […]

Nathaly Blanco

Nathaly Blanco will return as the school’s SAT and ACT coordinator after working for two years as an upper school receptionist. As the SAT and ACT coordinator, Blanco will schedule proctors, assign students to rooms and prepare the tests. Previously, she had proctored standardized tests and helped with AP exams. When previous SAT and ACT […]

Students adjust to new PSAT, SAT exams

The College Board released scores Jan. 7 for the 2015 PSAT, which along with the new SAT that debuts in March, had a new structure and scoring system, and the Harvard-Westlake juniors and sophomores who took the exam last October do not seem to have been adversely affected by the updates, upper school dean Beth Slattery […]

College matriculation binders deprive students of privacy

College matriculation binders deprive students of privacy

In the competitive nature of the school, we make decisions every day about how much we want our peers to know about our academic records, but that gets taken away from us once we graduate. In each of the dean offices, big black binders sit on bookshelves with pages titled by the name of the […]

College Board sends scores late, almost misses deadline

The College Board was delayed in sending many seniors’ SAT, SAT Subject Test, and AP exam scores to colleges by Nov. 1, the early application deadline of most colleges, causing extra stress during the college application process. The situation resolved itself as almost all colleges extended their deadlines since the delay was not the students’ […]

The new SAT seems to bring more harm than good

Anyone who’s been through the college process will remember the buzz, a mix of mystery and terror, surrounding the SAT. Now, with the announcement of changes coming to the infamous test in 2016, the discussion has only intensified. My problem with this new test is multifaceted. It seems to me to be a dumbing-down of […]

New SAT security procedures to start

The College Board implemented new security procedures that require students taking the SAT to complete a four-step identification check before they can be admitted to the test. The new protocol will be enforced starting at the Oct. 6 SAT next Saturday. When registering for the SAT online, students must upload a photo for their admission […]