In the News (April 2021)

It’s been another busy month in test preparation and higher education! Below are some of the news articles that got the NTPA members talking. We hope you’ll join the conversation in the comments. A Test for the Test Makers (Education Next): “This state of...

What to do About Grades?

Grades are a fact of high-school life, maybe the fact. They’ve historically been the number one indicator of academic achievement. But covid-19 has created abrupt and unprecedented difficulties for grades. In a time when test scores are being slowly deemphasized,...

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...
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...
How to Fill Out the Common App’s Dreaded Testing Page

How to Fill Out the Common App’s Dreaded Testing Page

Most of the Common App is easy to complete, but not its Testing section. So, we’re going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on what to do and how to do it. Before proceeding, you should know that a growing number of colleges accept self-reported scores...