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The New SAT & Successful College Placements

The Changing World of the SAT

The newly revised SAT will debut March 5, 2016. The PSAT, when it is administered in high schools in October, 2015 will reflect the new version of the test.  Click here for the full article from Tyler Morning Telegraph published on June 22, 2015.

The new SAT will include a reading and math section with a maximum score of 1600.  There will be an optional essay scored separately.  The SAT which was originally developed as an aptitude test based on critical thinking, will now be more of an achievement test based on the Common Core curricula and evidence-based reading and writing.  The math section will include algebra, problem solving and data analysis, geometry and basic trigonometry.

Current SAT test dates are:  October 3, 2015, November 7, 2015, December 5, 2015, January 23, 2016.

New SAT test dates are: March 5, 2016, May 7, 2016,  June 4, 2016

Many test preparation companies such as Ivybound and Summit Educational Group are suggesting that students either take the old SAT or focus on the ACT, since it is a known quantity.

Upcoming ACT test dates are: September 12, 2015, October 24, 2015, December 12, 2015, and February 6, 2016.

For more insight and advice on the new SAT read:
Prepping for the Future: The Redesigned SAT and the Changing College Admissions Testing Landscape by Summit Educational Group.

Make Time to Read this Summer!

One of the best ways to prepare for the SAT and ACT is by reading books, magazines and newspapers.  Reading improves your comprehension and vocabulary and may contribute to  better test scores. When I attended an admissions information session at Columbia University, prospective students were told that, as college freshmen, they would be required to read a book a week for each of their courses. So getting into the habit of reading is good preparation for future college classes.
I also encourage you to read just for pleasure and enjoyment. A good book offers a change to imagine, to learn and to escape into the world of literature.  Here are some of the books the students I have worked with tell me they especially liked reading:      Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, The House of the Scorpion, by  Nancy Farmer,  Madame Secretary by Madeleine Albright, The Catcher in the Rye, by J .D. Salinger, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Speak, by Laurie Halse  Anderson, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown,  An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green,  The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak,  The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Wall, The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown and The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.

You have probably read Harper Lee’s memorable book To Kill a Mockingbird. You may now want to download a copy of her newly published  book Go Set A Watchman. You may also want to check out the American Library Association’s 2015 list of best fiction for young adults.

Accepted Seniors

Congratulations to CollegeGateways Seniors Who Have Graduated from: 
Bellefonte High School (PA), Concordia International School, (Shanghai, China), Glastonbury High School (CT), East Catholic High School (CT), Portsmouth Abbey School (Rhode Island), State College Area High School (PA), and Tolland High School (CT).They have chosen to attend the following colleges and universities: 

  • Colorado College
  • Denison University
  • Fordham University
  • Harvard University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Penn State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Illinois
“The best college to attend is the one that looks like an adventure, a place that will take you where you have always wanted to go.” 

–Jay Mathews, educational columnist for The Washington Post and author of Harvard Schmarvard.