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How Music Can Help with Academic Development

By Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Music, Study Skills
In 1998 the governor of Georgia, convinced it would boost the academic achievement of children in his state, attempted to fund a program giving every child in the state a Mozart tape, in order to take advantage of the so-called “Mozart effect” where listening to Mozart increases intelligence. Unfortunately, this effect has been fairly thoroughly…
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Dartmouth Reinstates the SAT/ACT Requirement

By ACT, College Admissions, High School, SAT, Test Prep
The NY Times recently published an article on how yet another college, Dartmouth, is eliminating a test-optional policy and reverting to requiring the SAT or ACT. During the pandemic Dartmouth, like most schools, dropped their test requirement. However, after some unintended consequences of the policy and an internal review, Dartmouth found compelling evidence that their…
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How Independent Schools are using the ERB in lieu of the ISEE

By Elementary School, High School, ISEE, Middle School, SSAT, Study Skills, Test Prep, Uncategorized
As we reflect on the last few years since COVID started, it becomes abundantly clear that the landscape for standardized testing and private school admissions has changed drastically. As always, the admissions process remains secretive and individualized, with a significant number of schools choosing to go test optional, meaning the ISEE or SSAT tests are…
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