How Do You Know If You Are Ready for College?

The attainment of a bachelor’s degree opens up a world of enduring benefits from personal growth and intellectual enrichment (1) to expanded career opportunities, job stability, and greater lifetime income (2). Plus, college can be a blast! No wonder more teens...

Effective Test Preparation: More than Tips and Tricks

“They do really well in school, so they should be ready for the test. Just need to know some tips and tricks.” Does that sound familiar to you as a parent or educator? Perhaps you’ve seen online advertisements from test prep companies guaranteeing score increases...

In the News (February 2021)

As we huddle snowbound in the North and Floridians look desperately for that long-sleeved shirt they own, let’s take this opportunity to catch up on some news.   Can Colleges Make Students Get Covid Vaccine? Here’s What Experts Say “[G]iven...

Test Optional Policies are Common Sense

Test Optional Policies were already gaining momentum in a pre-COVID world, and a growing number of colleges had removed the requirement that all applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. COVID-19 accelerated this trend, as many students were unable to sit for either test...

NTPA Member Showcase February 2021

It has come to our attention that you, dear reader, want to learn more about test preparation and higher education, and the NTPA is excited to suggest NTPA member blog posts. Read what they have to say, get involved in the comments, and get ready to break out some new...

What Makes a “Professional” Tutor?

As an industry veteran, I’ve looked through the websites of many competing tutoring companies and owner-operators. For the owner-operators, a selling point is often that other companies employ “graduate students doing tutoring as a side gig,” while the owner-operator...

The College Board Drops Subject Tests and the SAT Essay

On January 19, 2021, the College Board announced some changes to its Suite of Assessments. First and foremost, it’s ending the Subject Test program (that broad array of hour-long, single subject exams), effective immediately in the United States and after the June...

Why Test Prep Professionals Need Each Other

Get ten test prep teachers or tutors in a room together, and almost all will agree that this can be a very lonely business. Case in point, you’ll rarely find ten test prep professionals in a room together at all, unless they work for the same company! Most of...
Understanding the Truth About Test Optional

Understanding the Truth About Test Optional

The deadly 2020 arrival of COVID-19 changed the world in a slew of unexpected and probably permanent ways. One industry that has shifted and suffered more than most has been education, particularly higher education. Among the many horrors visited by the plague of...
COVID-19, Anxiety, and the Tutor: Best Practices for Well Being

COVID-19, Anxiety, and the Tutor: Best Practices for Well Being

There is little doubt that many of us feel the heavy weight of coronavirus-induced  stress and anxiety despite our efforts in donning masks and becoming experts on optimal preventative protocols to ward off “the ‘Rona.” As we deal with this pandemic, our lives and...