The Answer Sheet: SAT and ACT

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 01/31/2012

College admits inflating SAT scores to boost ranking

A California college has acknowledged that one of its officials inflated its SAT scores for six years to boost the school’s place in annual college rankings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:07 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 09/14/2011

What the decline in SAT scores really means

Anybody paying attention to the course of modern school reform will not be very surprised by the news that scores in reading, writing and even math are down.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:13 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 08/17/2011

Virginia ACT test takers top Maryland, D.C. students

Virginia students who took the ACT test in the 2011 high school graduating class a did slightly better on average than their counterparts in Maryland, and a lot better than those in the District according to scores released Wednesday.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:03 PM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 08/17/2011

2011 ACT scores show problems with college readiness

Newly released 2011 ACT scores show that most test-takers aren’t meeting all four of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. And the achievement gap grew slightly, according to the results.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 AM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/12/2010

Stop timing the ACT and SAT

It's way past time for the College Board and the ACT Inc. to stop timing their exams. Kids should be able to take as much time -- or as little -- on the test as they want.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 06/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/09/2010

Do colleges superscore ACT and SAT equally?

With tens of thousands of rising high school seniors getting ready to take the ACT on Saturday, it’s a good time to review the issue of superscoring college admissions tests. How does it work?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/09/2009

SPOTLIGHT: The Man Who Takes SAT Tests for a Living

“On the SAT, if you’re brilliant and slow - you’ll get a very average score.”--test expert Edward Carroll Edward Carroll takes tests for a living. To be precise, he takes the SAT, the dreaded college admissions test owned by the...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)