Yale will again require standardized test scores

Yale just announced that they will again require test scores as part of the college application. In addition to SAT or ACT scores, students can now submit Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate results. Yale made this shift because it will improve their ability to predict which students are most likely to succeed at Yale: “Yale’s research from before and after the pandemic has consistently demonstrated that, among all application components, test scores are the single greatest predictor of a student’s future Yale grades. This is true even after controlling for family income and other demographic variables, and it is true
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Is the Digital SAT easier than the old paper SAT?

Many students and parents who were familiar with the old paper-based SAT are wondering whether the new Digital SAT will be easier.  The Digital SAT is designed to maintain the same level of rigor and predictive value for colleges as the paper SAT—otherwise, it wouldn’t be a useful tool to assess freshman-year readiness.  The College Board has done extensive research to ensure that Digital SAT scores align with paper SAT scores.  That being said, students I have tutored have generally found the new Digital SAT to be much less intimidating and more approachable than the paper SAT.  Here are ten
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Digital SAT Writing Transitions Practice Questions

1. The following is an excerpt from The Dorrington Deed-box by Arthur Morrison: As for Dorrington, he had his hundred pounds reward. But the bill for £10,000 he never presented. Why, I do not altogether know, unless he found that Mr. Mallows’s financial position, as he had hinted, was not altogether so good as was supposed.  __________ it was found among the notes and telegrams in this case in the Dorrington deed-box. Which choice completes the text with the most logical and precise word or phrase? A. In other words,B. At any rate,C. Whatever,D. On the other hand, 2. The
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Digital SAT Rhetorical Synthesis Practice Questions

1. While researching a topic a student has taken the following notes: The student wants to educate visitors to Rome as to why they can’t see the entire temple today. Which choice most effectively uses relevant information from the notes to accomplish this goal? A. Because of an excavation in the 1800s, parts of the temple including the podium, are visible to modern visitors to the site.B. After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 CE the entire temple underwent a restoration so that it could continue being used.C. The Temple of Apollo Palatinus was originally built over 2000 years
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Digital SAT Poetry Practice Reading Questions

1. A student claims that Will Carleton’s Poem “Autumn Days” contrasts the sweetness of some autumn days in the first stanza with a far different type of autumn days in the second stanza. What pair of lines from the first and second stanzas respectively best illustrate this claim? A. O’er the dreamy, listless haze/O’er the cheerless, withered plain.B. Yellow, mellow, ripened days/ Shivering, quivering, tearful days.C. And the sombre, furrowed fallow/ Woefully and hoarsely calling.D. Winking at the blushing trees/On thy scanty vestments falling. 2. The following is an excerpt from the poem “We Wait” by Will M. Carleton Or
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