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What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores
'We’re done with standardized testing, the SAT, and ACT.'

The key quote:

• Our yield, the percentage of students who accepted our invitation to enroll, rose in a single year from 18% to 26%, an amazing turnaround.

• The quantity of applications went down, but the quality went up, likely because we made it harder to apply, asking for more essays. Our applicants collectively were more motivated, mature, disciplined and consistent in their high school years than past applicants.

• Class diversity increased to 31% students of color, the most diverse in our history, up from 21% two years ago.

• The percentage of students who are the first-generation from their family to attend college rose from 10% to 18% in this year’s class.

Our “No SAT/ACT policy” has also changed us in ways deeper than data and demographics: Not once did we sit in an Admissions committee meeting and “wish we had a test score.” Without the scores, every other detail of the student’s application became more vivid. Their academic record over four years, letters of recommendation, essays, in-person interviews, and the optional creative supplements gave us a more complete portrait than we had seen before. Applicants gave more attention to their applications, including the optional components, putting us in a much better position to predict their likelihood of success here.

To All the Students in School

I think this really needs to be said to all the high schoolers freaking out about AP exams, SAT scores, and ACT scores. Hell, even to those who are applying/applied to colleges or other things. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine your worth. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine how smart you are. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine your future. Only you, as a person, can determine that. I know it’s hard, I’m still in high school too. But I think you guys need to, have to, know that even if you get all A’s and a 1450+ (or 2200+) on the SAT that it doesn’t automatically guarantee you a job. You could end up going to Stanford, MIT, or Harvard but end up in a bad place. The school you end up going to doesn’t necessarily grant you a job either. Okay, yes, it makes it a little bit easier but either way, you’re going to have to work hard for everything to get where you want. All of you are so much more important than some score or letter grade. Y’all are gonna do great, as long as you have the passion and drive to work for it. Having straight A’s and perfect scores does not mean you will survive in the real world. Now, this isn’t a way to make you feel better or myself (since I’m not a straight A student either) about all of this because honestly it’s all so true.

Good luck on your AP exams and everything else though. :) You guys got this.


my artsy little guide+video to help you get a 36 on ACT Math (or at least improve your score) // hope this helps 

@studywithinspo —> check out my (youtube)

Okay. So #studyblrs get real isn’t trying to offend anyone. I’ve gotten some anon messages that are really rude and I’ve just straight up deleted them.

#studyblrs get real is just that, we’re getting real. I’ve rewritten my notes to be aesthetically pleasing one time. Uno. Ein. Yeah that’s the only languages I know one in.

The studyblr aesthetic isn’t most people’s real life studies methods. It’s some people’s, and I want to congratulate those who manage to keep the aesthetic up.

But honestly, it’s not real life. Real life is being up at 2 AM, surrounded by four empty cups, Rice Krispies Treat wrappers, and a pizza box with just pizza crust in it, and grease marks on your paper. Real life is not having time to make these AMAZING and GORGEOUS notes, because you’re studying for the grade, NOT the notes.

People say you just need to “study” to be a studyblr, but why is it only the MUJIs, the Mildliners, and the Staedtlers get reblogged? Why doesn’t the pictures of sloppy, coffee stained notes get reblogged? The rain drenched crinkled notes that don’t get rewritten. The notes with more scribbles than legible writing.

Underneath is why I think that #studyblrs get real needs to become popular, and fast, which has been taken from what I said in a conversation with @universi-tea where the idea for #studyblrs get real came up.

Teens that are growing up may not know what they’re facing, because aesthetic studyblr makes it look like sunshine and lollipops.

“I’ve been through things that will commonly happen. I’ve been rejected by my dream school, and I’ve cried at 4 AM in the morning because my fourth SAT scores weren’t high enough to meet requirements after months of studying. I’ve taken AP classes. I’ve graduated.

Your high school/college/university experience may have been different, but mine was a rude awakening and I’m trying to prevent others from crashing and burning like I did. I was an all A student in high school, even with AP classes. I graduated fifth in my class with 25 credits from AP scores, in which my school only offered seven AP classes.

My first test in uni was a 38 in Business Calculus. A fucking 38 out of 100. I remember it very vividly (Thursday night, and the Blacklist was on.) It was like someone was trying play a joke on me because I had NEVER gotten that low of a test grade before. I remember looking at my scores, and the sense of dread settling into the pit of my stomach. I cried, and then called my old AP Bio teacher (idk why now that I think about it) I had a panic attack, and I was by myself (lived alone.) Those two are very dangerous. My next test score was a 51. Rinse, and repeat.

Do you know how worthless I felt? How long my mom yelled at me after I called her? How my friends reacted when they found out? I went and had a four hour conversation with the professor, who told me that this was the most common thing he saw in a class with freshmen in it. That they come thinking that they’re prepared and they are by no means prepared. I had to go to tutoring. For every single class but one. This was so fucking embarrassing. I had gone from the tutor in HS to the tutored in Uni.

My best friend went to the North Carolina School of Math and Science. Extremely prestigious, and extremely hard. “It’s like taking uni classes when you’re 16, 17, and 18, but you don’t get credit for them as college classes.” I’ve known my best friend since I was 10-ish. She’s the most level headed, and the smartest person I know. She calls me frequently, crying, because the work load. She spent a whole week with me trying to get over one failing grade.

This embarrassment, this shame and lack of self worth I experienced in uni is something I NEVER want ANYONE to experience. I’m trying to prevent these people younger than I am from feeling this way, because I had sunk into a depression because of grades. Grades that could’ve been prevented, had I known the truth.

Sure, the studyblr aesthetic may work in some people’s lives, but in college/uni, you’re being pulled in so many directions. I don’t know of a single person in any of my classes that have gorgeous notes. Hell, I don’t know anyone who can even afford to buy nice planners, or buy fresh fruit. Being “a broke college student” is entirely legit.

But all this aside, if you’ve managed to live out the studyblr aesthetic in university and keep up your grades, you better be DAMN proud of yourself. I’m not trying to make anyone mad. This is the reality most of us experience. It’s the honest truth, and I had to find out the hard way. I just don’t want anyone else to find out the hard way, either.“


‘Dope’, Rick Famuyiwa (2015)

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Malcolm Arakanbe. I’m a straight-A student with nearly perfect SAT scores. I play in a punk band with my friends and I’m a 90s hip hop geek.

anonymous asked:

I hope you don't mind me asking but how did you raise your SAT score and prep for the SATs? I'm trying to raise mine! Thank you (:

i don’t mind at all! the way i studied was pretty straightforward, but hopefully it will be of assistance to someone.

i had the collegeboard sat book, but if you can find practice tests and answer keys for free i would suggest that because the book’s original content wasn’t very helpful. i did, however, use the practice tests and did one a day for the week before the test. after checking my answers i basically just looked back at the ones i got wrong with the correct answer in mind and reworked the question until i understood how that answer was correct. (this works best for the math section and the grammar part of the writing section since those focus on understanding rules)

when i was studying, i mainly focused on math. youtube videos are actually incredibly helpful for learning tips to do speed-math, the user RadicalPrep had the best quality videos in my experience.

and for memorizing any vocabulary my biggest suggestion would be to create/find mnemonics for each word. there are “vocabulary cartoon” books which are helpful!

George Washington University no longer requests SAT or ACT for admission

Originally posted by fiercegifs

Re: SAT scores

Apparently SAT scores just came out, and I see some people who aren’t that happy. As an old and bitter High School Graduate™, I don’t know jack about the new SAT, but take my advice: test scores are not the only things that determine your worth, or even your ability to get into college. Also, a year from now, when you’ve graduated, your test scores literally won’t matter to you at all. You’re doing fine, Class of 2017.


1. We are here to help you.
2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings.
3. The dress code will be enforced.
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.
5. Our football team will win the championship this year.
6. We expect more of you here.
7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.
8. Your schedule was created with you in mind.
9. Your locker combination is private.
10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.


1. You will use algebra in your adult lives.
2. Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away.
3. Students must stay on campus during lunch.
4. The new text books will arrive any day now.
5. Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores.
6. We are enforcing the dress code.
7. We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon.
8. Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals.
9. There is nothing wrong with summer school.
10. We want to hear what you have to say.

anonymous asked:

I got my sat score back and I only got a 1220 (out of 1600) without any prep. I took that sat score June of my sophomore year, and I'm gonna be a junior this year, so I have time to bring it up. I wanted to apply to Stanford but now I think I might of just ruined my small chance of getting in. Also, with of I prepare for the next sat test, and my score does not go up

One SAT score won’t ruin your chances! Assuming that the rest of your application shows that you’re a good candidate (which is necessary regardless of your scores), you should be alright.

That said, it’s definitely a good idea to get that score up. Check out this post, which has links to tips and resources for studying more effectively. Here’s what I would do in your shoes:

Step 1: Take a practice test. Take it right now.

Step 2: Score it. If this score isn’t around 1220, figure out where you improved/got worse. 

Step 3: Mark down the problems that you got wrong and look for patterns. Are they all in one section? Do half of them have the same sort of form? Try to group these by type.

Step 4: Choose a test date a few months away. I’d say October is probably a good bet, but it’s up to you.

Step 5: Look online at the dates and deadlines. For international deadlines, click here. Mark down the day that is THREE DAYS PRIOR to the registration deadline. This is your deadline day.

Step 6: Study. (Check out my SAT tag for frequently asked questions, tips, and resources. TAKE PRACTICE TESTS FREQUENTLY!)

Step 7: Remember that day you marked down in step 5? The deadline day? That’s your deadline to have improved your score by at least 200 points. Take a practice test on this day, and if your score is not at least a 1420 don’t register for the test.

(Step 7.5: If you got at least a 1420, register for the test and keep studying. Then take it and kick ass.)

Step 8: Didn’t improve by 200? Repeat. I’d suggest the December sitting if you’d previously planned for October. 

If you find yourself running out of time (i.e. it’s the end of junior year and your score hasn’t gone up by 200 points) you have two options: leave your score as-is, or take the test one more time in the hopes that it’ll miraculously go better than before. If you choose to take it again, though, be aware that getting a low score will decrease your likelihood of getting accepted to top-tier universities, since it shows that you cared enough to try to get a better score but were not able to improve. 

Hope this helps!

Study Break (M)

Originally posted by jiminarmy

✕ pairing: Taehyung x Reader

✕ genre/warnings: smut, one shot

✕ words: 1,200

✕ summary: Having trouble studying for a test, you let your best friend Taehyung come over to help you. He also has a great way to help relieve your stress.

✕ notes: for the anon that requested this!! Hope you like it! 

“Why did I even invite you over to help me study when all you’re doing is complaining about not wanting to study?” I groan, falling against my bed, my body bouncing a little as it hit the mattress.

 “Hey, it’s not my fault that studying is boring!” he replied, throwing his pencil down against his textbook.

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