In the wake of the Long Island, New York, standardized-test cheating scandal, Jacques Steinberg at the New York Times' Choice blog has posted an informative dialogue with Ray Nicosia, director of testing integrity for the Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT. Twenty students now face charges of fraud and impersonation in a scandal encompassing both the SAT and ACT. The students either paid others to take the tests for them or impersonated students in taking the tests. In Questions for the SAT’s Top Cop, Steinberg and Nicosia discuss the testing service's security measures as well as how students -- and even parents -- can report irregularities or suspicions of cheating.
Fourteen-year-old Charis Freiman-Mendel developed 99 recipes, incorporating 1,000 SAT words, and has published the 243-page Cook Your Way Through the SAT. Killing two birds with one stone. We like it!
The Question of the Day! Both the SAT and ACT post a practice test question every day - for free. They'll even email it to you. For many students, familiarity with the test can improve scores. (But take some practice tests under timed conditions, too.) And, parents, this is not for students only. We're addicted. Sign up at actstudent.org or sat.collegeboard.org