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    Colorado Changed to the SAT in 2017: What You Need to Know
    On April 11th, 2017 all Colorado high school juniors will take the SAT. Why does this matter? In 2016, only 5500 Colorado students took the test. Effective this spring, Colorado and the College Board partnered to administer the SAT as the state’s accountability exam and every junior will now take a new four hour exam. The mandated...
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    Illinois Changed to the SAT in 2017: What You Need to Know
    On April 5th, 2017 all Illinois high school juniors will take the SAT. Why does this matter? In 2016, only 5000 Illinois students took the test. Effective this spring, Illinois and the College Board partnered to administer the SAT as the state’s accountability exam and every junior will now take a new four hour exam. The mandated...
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    What Juniors Need To Do Before School Lets Out
    Juniors, we get it. AP exams are over, prom already happened, the weather is finally getting nicer and you’re just itching to get out of school for the summer. But wait! There’s something you should do before you leave school for the summer: Ask your teachers to write you a letter of recommendation for your...
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    5 Day-Before Tips to Help Your Student Prepare for the SAT
    Your child is taking the SAT in less than 48 hours. Maybe they’ve been prepping for months, or maybe they haven’t, but at this point, options are limited as to how you can help. There are a few things you can do to optimize their performance between now and the time pencils go up on...
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    ACT Test Day Tips for Students
    The ACT is just ahead, but don’t freak out. While you are likely ready to just get it over with, we’ve got some tips for things you can do in the final days before (and the day of) the test to make it as smooth an experience as possible. Before the Test 1. Gather Materials Make sure to...
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    7 Tips for Deciding What Colleges to Apply to
    There are thousands of colleges in the US. As if the college application process wasn’t difficult enough, students have to decide which of these colleges to apply to. Daunting task, right? Your teen's time in college is going to be some of the most eventful and memorable years of his or her life. It’s a big decision! So to...
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    3 Things I Wish I Had Known About Test Prep as a High School Student
    When I was in high school, “studying” usually meant copying down my notes until I had memorized them. This method had served me well since 6th grade. But, before I knew it, the summer before junior year rolled around and it was time to get serious about SAT prep. I knew my usual study tactics...
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    What You Should Do After Getting ACT Scores Back
    ACT scores have been posted! Your teen calls you over and shows you the score report. Together, you take a look at it and, well, what does this even mean? Should we be celebrating? Should we be registering for the next administration of the test? What are we supposed to do now that we have...
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    8 Last Minute Strategies to Help Your Child Prepare for the New SAT
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    What You Should Do After Getting SAT Scores Back
    When SAT scores are released, it’s natural to be a little confused and a little anxious when reading the score report. But, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are three steps to guide you in making sense of your child’s score report. 1. Interpret Maybe you’re wondering “how good is a 1200?” or “what counts as a...
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    7 Things I Would Do Differently if I Had to Apply to College Again
    Hi! Before I get started, I should introduce myself: My name is Andrea Schlageter, and I'm a Student Success Advisor at Testive. I spend my days talking to parents of high school students, learning about their journeys to college, and helping them make the right decision for how to prepare. I graduated from Boston University in 2012...
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    Testive Offers New PSAT and New SAT Prep and Coaching
    Testive officially supports the New PSAT and the New SAT. This was a real team effort at the end of 2015, to prepare for the first administration of the New SAT in March, 2016. Thank you to our developers for planning and building the tech required and our learning team for putting together some awesome content. Here's...
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    5 Things You Should Do Before Applying to College
    Now that summer is in full swing and students have some more free time, I thought I’d put together a list of things you (or your student) can do to not only be prepared to apply to college, but also things to do that will strengthen the application itself. This list is mostly aimed at...
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    PSAT Results: What the Numbers Really Mean
    As most of you already know, the first iteration of the NEW PSAT has come and gone and students should all have their results in hand. The question is: What do these results really mean and how can students use them to prepare for the New SAT? Testive's Head of Learning John LaPlante analyzed one student's results...
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    10 Things I Learned my Freshman Year of College
    As many of our students are getting ready to leave for college this fall, I wanted to take a few minutes to share “10 Things I Learned as a Freshman” at Boston College, where I’ll be a junior majoring in finance and marketing and minoring in math. 1. Doing laundry is not that bad. You always hear...
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    What Students Really Think About the New SAT
    After months of speculation, the New SAT was first administered to the masses on March 5th, 2016. So, what did students who took the test really think about it? Let's find out. #ClownCollege The Chronicle of Higher Education took a look at what students had to say about the test on everybody's favorite 140-character social media site: Twitter. One student...
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    PSAT Scores Are Out: Here's What You Should Do Next
    PSAT/NMSQT scores were posted by the College Board on Monday, December 12th. For many sophomores and juniors, this is probably their first foray into college application standardized testing. So...now what? Click here to learn how Testive can help raise your student's SAT score. Here's what the scores actually mean and how you can use them to guide you...
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    10 Things I Learned My Sophomore Year of College
    Sophomore year of college was a crazy and eventful one. I learned a lot. Here are 10 pieces of advice I wanted to pass along that should be helpful to students entering any year of college. 1. Stay in touch with friends from home This probably gets harder each year. Your friends from home might be scattered around...
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    10 Tips to Survive Your First Week of College
    Your first week of college will probably be a whirlwind of emotions, experiences, and names. Although freshman orientation is pretty well planned out at most schools, there are bound to be moments of awkwardness where you’re really just not sure what to do. Here are 10 tips that will help you survive that first week of...
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    What Impact Will the New SAT Have on College Admissions?
    This is a guest post by Admitster's Director of Research, college admissions expert Katie Zandbergen, PhD. Admitster provides personalized advice, application and essay review services, and admissions information for students and parents, guiding them through the complex world of college admissions. A great deal of the hype surrounding the NEW SAT has focused on the actual...
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    NEW SAT: Advice from Testive's CEO Tom Rose
    Changes to standardized tests are nothing new. As universities shift focus in what academic traits their admission officials believe represent excellence, the organizations that administer entrance exams adjust their content and format to keep up. So the announcement of changes to the SAT offers some immediate excitement and promise. Soon, it will be important to understand...
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    What's Going On Between the College Board and ACT?
    By now you’ve probably heard all about how SAT scores have been released and how to interpret the score report. But, have you heard about the little dust-up between the College Board and ACT Inc.? How about the chatter about the possibility that scores from the March SAT (the first administration of the new test)...
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    Why Seniors Should Actually Try on their AP Exams
    The deposits have been sent in. The caps and gowns have been ordered. Prom happened. All of that college stuff is all taken care of now and students are starting to come down with that oh so common disease that most second-semester high school seniors get: senioritis. While seniors have probably been warned not to let...
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    What is the PreACT?
    Recently, ACT Inc. announced that they would be offering a new test: the PreACT. This test will be available to sophomores starting this coming fall. It includes the same sections as the regular ACT but without the optional writing section. It's also an hour shorter than the full-length ACT, clocking in at about 2 hours....
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    SAT & ACT: My Test-Taking Journey & What I Learned
    I took the SAT three times, the SAT Subject Tests two times, and the ACT once. I realize this is definitely NOT the norm, but hey, it’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Here are the details of my test-taking journey. My quest to be the best! I started preparing for the SAT second semester...
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    4 Facts About the NEW SAT to Calm the Nerves of Parents & Students
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    5 Tips to Battle Test Anxiety
    Your heart starts racing, your mind goes blank, and helplessness overwhelms you. These are some of the most commons signs of anxiety. When they strike during a test, they may keep you from achieving your full potential on the SAT/ACT. While feeling a little nervous is normal--indeed a little nervousness can sometimes spur you to do...
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    How to Write a College Application Essay in 5 Steps
    There are a lot of components to a college application. Some are just items on a to-do list, such as request that test scores and official HS transcripts be sent to the schools on your list, while others are more time consuming. Writing your application essay definitely falls into the more time-consuming category! Here are...
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    Meet Molly Schuh: Student Success Advisor at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I speak with parents and students to help guide them through the process of deciding what test prep plans will fit their needs. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? I love being surrounded by the intelligent and passionate folks working at Testive. Everyone here is so dedicated...
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    Meet Andrea Schlageter: Student Success Advisor at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? My job is to talk to parents and students all day and take a little mystery and some of the stress out of SAT/ACT prep and the whole college application process. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? My co-workers are great! We are all really driven by...
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    9 Reasons Why a Redesigned SAT Means an Improved Test Prep Experience
    As you may know, the College Board completely redesigned the content and structure of the SAT in March 2016. Good news is, we are confident that these changes will make the test even more suitable for us to help you achieve your dream score! Here, we focus on nine of the changes to the SAT that...
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    15 Things to Add to Your College Packing List
    It’s getting to be that time of year again: college students are packing up and moving off to school. Here’s a list of 15 items that may (or may not) already be on your packing list that I personally found helpful my freshman year. 1. Mattress pad/topper This may be the most important item on the list. The...
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    Meet Miro Kazakoff: Co-Founder at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? Being Co-Founder is as vague and wonderful as it sounds. I get to spend my days doing whatever the company needs to help students learn better. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? The best part of being the co-founder of a company is that...
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    Why College Freshmen Need Resumes
    Hello! My name is Lorena and I am the Operations Associate here at Testive. I recently got the opportunity to assist our sales team with recruiting our summer interns. After reviewing a number of resumes and conducting various interviews with college students, I began to reflect on my own experience as a college student. I...
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    DECEMBER 2015: FAFSA Advice & Education Reform
    Happy New Year! This post marks the end of 2015 and provides us with an opportunity to thank you for your readership. We have a lot in store for you in 2016 and can't wait to get started. But first, let's take a look at what happened in December and the impact it may have on you...
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    Working Hard or Taking it Easy in the Big Easy? You Decide!
    Some of the Testive team went down to New Orleans this week to escape our horrible New England winter for a working vacation. They may have their feet up and are enjoying the front porch of their Airbnb, but they're actually getting a lot of work done. Or, so they say. Way to go guys! ...
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    Team Testive: Business as Usual During Snowstorm
    As many of you know, New England has been getting nailed with snow...and more snow...and more snow! This has impacted many of us who have to commute to our Boston office. But that doesn't stop Team Testive from taking care of our students. We just head to the closest coffee bar with wi-fi and get our...
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    Meet Lindsay Welch: Student Success Advisor at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities? I talk with families about students’ educational plans and SAT/ACT preparation. My favorite part of my job is helping students achieve their goals! What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? Everyone at Testive is incredibly committed to supporting students and families. We all work hard to help the team succeed,...
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    Meet Kishan Patel: Software Development Intern at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? Right now I am developing a mobile app that allows students to grade their SAT/ACT practice tests instantly by using their phone camera as a scanner. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? The team! Everyone here is so friendly and enthusiastic, creating a great environment at...
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    Cesar Chavez Academy Chooses Testive to Help Raise Students' SAT Scores
    The collaboration first started over the summer when School Leader Juan Jose Martinez read about Testive in a Boston Globe article via Twitter. He has since expanded to include nearly a dozen members of CCA’s staff, including Solomon Zheng, data coach for the entire school, and Brian Goodwin, Curriculum Coach, who is serving as CCA’s lead...
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    Meet Ian Swain: Web Development Co-op at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I'm a web development co-op and will be working mostly on the front end of everything, doing some designing and some programming. I’m hoping to get a taste of everything! What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? The people! Everyone here is so nice and friendly. When you’re not...
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    School Spotlight: UCLA
    Hi! My name is Ally Steward. I'm a Student Success Advisor at Testive and your resident expert for all things college admissions. In this series, I will be summarizing key information regarding one college or university to give you an idea of some things students may want to take into consideration when thinking about which schools...
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    Meet Nicolas Chahin: Marketing Intern at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I'm focusing on helping out with email marketing and SEO. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? I really like the company spirit, I have never experienced something like this before. Testive trusts in your abilities, and lets you work as independently as possible. Also, I like the...
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    OCTOBER 2015: Politics and Education Collide ... Again!
    Time for another monthly roundup! Let's see what happened this month in the world of test prep and college applications, shall we? Political Intervention There was quite a bit that happened in October when it came to the intersection of politics and education. Recently, the Obama administration called for limits on testing in schools. They encouraged schools...
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    NOVEMBER 2015: Choosing a College & Why Employers Look at SAT & ACT Scores
    Find out what happened in the world of college applications and standardized testing in November and get some handy tips to help you and your student through the college application process. Choosing a College: It's a Numbers Game The Department of Education posted some data the other day that was rather concerning. Two-thirds of students who filled...
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    College Application Deadline Calendar [FREE Resource]
    There are tons of deadlines to keep track of during the college application process: test dates, financial aid, essays, and more! We created a Google Calendar that you can use to help keep track of all of those deadlines. Please note: This calendar should not be your only deadline resource. See below for what other deadlines you should...
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    College Application Deadline Calendar [FREE Resource]
    There are tons of deadlines to keep track of during the college application process: test dates, financial aid, essays, and more! We created a Google Calendar that you can use to help keep track of all of those deadlines.  Please note: This calendar should not be your only deadline resource. See below for what other deadlines you should...
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    A Quick Guide to Financial Aid [INFOGRAPHIC]
    This post is an excerpt from the College Admissions Academy, a free 13 lesson series that covers everything you need to know about college admissions. ...
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    Testive Raised My Score 340 Points!
    Chetan and Heer, a father daughter pair from Massachusetts, graciously offered to answer some questions about their experience using Testive for our blog! Virtual practice + physical coaching is why Testive succeeds Testive coaching student, Heer, had this to say about her experience with Testive. 1) What was your overall experience with Testive? I felt as if...
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    Team Testive Blooper Reel. Enjoy!
    Recently, we shot some new videos for our website and of course there were some takes that didn't make the final cut, but ... they made it to our Testive blooper reel so we thought we'd share. Below are the videos that made it to our website. How Testive Works: Coaching vs. FREE Software   Why Testive Coaching is...
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    10 Things Our Mascot Sly is Thankful For
    I'm on Instagram!! My handle is @sly_t_fox. Follow me to see my amazing adventures across Boston, different college campuses, and beyond! Also, in the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought I would share 10 things that I am thankful for this year.  Macaroni and cheese - Despite what you've probably heard about a foxes' dining preferences, mac & cheese is...
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    Should I Retake the ACT?
    Once you’ve received your ACT score report, take a moment to congratulate yourself! Completing a three-hour exam is an accomplishment in itself. Next, realize that sometimes students need to take the exam two or three times in order to maximize their score. This is completely normal; in fact, most people take the test more than...
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    How to Get Into an Ivy League: Advice from a Yale Graduate
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    AUGUST 2015: NEW SAT? What NEW SAT?
    After two busy months in the world of test prep (check out June and July’s posts), August was pretty calm.  The SAT is Changing? We here at Testive are very familiar with the SAT changing; it comes up basically every day around here! However, this doesn’t seem to be the case for most parents of college-bound teens....
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    Catholic Memorial School Partners with Testive for SAT/ACT Prep
    Testive recently had the privilege of joining Catholic Memorial (CM) students, parents, and faculty for their annual college night.  Michael Schell, Director of College Counseling at CM, started the night by leading the group in prayer and outlined CM’s approach to the college application process.  He then introduced Miro Kazakoff, co-founder of Testive, who warmed up the crowd...
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    Meet Ally Steward: Student Success Advisor at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? As a Student Success Advisor, my role at Testive is to help parents and students select the most effective method of test preparation for their unique situation.I conduct demos and sample coaching sessions so that students can get a feel for whether or not Testive is the...
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    Testive SAT/ACT Prep Explained in 37 Seconds [VIDEO]
    People often ask us to explain what makes Testive different than other types of test prep and why we're better. Well, of course I can tell you dozens of reasons, but to keep it short and simple, I decided to answer this question in an animated video with a little help from my friends at PowToon. Enjoy! ...
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    Students with Learning Disabilities Find Success at Testive
    Being a parent is tough. But being a parent of a child with learning disabilities is that much tougher.  Trust me, I know. I have two sons with ADHD.  We've been to many Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, tried various medications, asked for special tutoring and services as needed, and basically did whatever we needed to do to help...
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    Meet Alex Chippendale: Front-end Developer at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive?  I write the code that describes how users interact with our platform and what they see. I also fix bugs and design new features that will be implemented in our software. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? I love the team here. Everyone works well together and...
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    JULY 2015: Major University Goes Test-Optional
    Believe it or not, July was another busy month in the world of test prep and college admissions. June was all about College Board’s typo on the June SAT. In July, the test prep/college admissions world was rocked when… George Washington University went test-optional GW announced in late July that the school is now test-optional for most undergrad...
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    WHDH-TV Boston Features Testive on December 6
    Testive's CEO Tom Rose will be hitting the airwaves again this Sunday, December 6 at 11:30 a.m. as a guest on WHDH-TV Boston'sUrban Update. Host Byron Barnett interviewed Tom in studio last night asking him how Testive is different than other SAT and ACT test prep programs, what’s happening with the NEW SAT, and how high...
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    Meet Lee Accomando: Director of Engineering at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I head up our development team, help others write the code that makes Testive run, and when I get lucky, write some code myself. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? The people. I get the chance to come to work everyday and spend time with people who...
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    Meet Carlos Cousins: Coach at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I host the ACT Study Hall on Monday nights, develop ACT lessons, make solution videos, and coach the best of Testive’s students to total SAT/ACT testing success … among other things. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? I love seeing students exceed their score expectations and expand...
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    SEPTEMBER 2015: Filing for Financial Aid Just Got a LOT Easier
    It’s time for another monthly wrap up! Let’s see what happened in the test prep and college admissions industry in September. Filing for Financial Aid just got a LOT easier There are some big changes coming to the FAFSA! Starting next year, the FAFSA will come out in October rather than in January, giving students much more time...
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    Mother and Son Talk About Their Experience with Testive
    Jenny and Ari, a mother and son from the Greater Boston area, graciously agreed to answer some questions about their experience with Testive Coaching.  Affordability & 1-on-1 coaching were key in choosing Testive 1) How did you hear about Testive? I heard about Testive from a private college counselor in the fall of my son’s Junior year. He...
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    Parent Advice for the End of Freshman Year
    If you are a parent of a school-aged child, the month of June is a natural time for reflection. If you are a parent of new high school student, it’s also a necessary one. Now that their first year of high school is wrapping up (or has already wrapped up), take advantage of this time...
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    Meet Kay Yu: Development Intern at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I am a full time intern and developer at Testive and am currently working on a lot of the back-end code! What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? I absolutely love the environment and work culture here. It’s clear that everyone on the team takes their work very...
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    New SAT vs. ACT: Which Test Should You Take? [Infographic]
    With the NEW SAT coming up in March 2016 you may be wondering how it stacks up against the ACT. Here's an infographic that will provide some helpful information. ...
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    Meet Lauren Stern: Student Success Advisor at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? My job as a Student Success Advisor is to help students and parents through one of the most stressful parts of the college application process—preparing for the SAT and ACT! I match students with the best program for their goals and areas of improvement. What’s your favorite part...
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    Why Testive Coaching is Better than In-Person Tutoring [Infographic]
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    Meet John Williams: Web Development Co-Op at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I’m currently writing some core stylesheets and developing a style guide to encourage a more cohesive style across the site. Later in my co-op I’ll be doing more frontend development, with the occasional hop into the backend codebase. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? I really like...
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    How Testive Helped Improve My Daughter's SAT Score & Confidence
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    NEW SAT: 3 Ways to Make Sure You're Ready!
    For those parents and students facing the NEW SAT, there have been so many questions, but so few answers available...until now. Testive is making it a priority to stay on top of the latest and greatest news about this new test and sharing it with parents, students, guidance counselors and whoever else would like to stay...
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    Meet James Wasmer: Student Success Advisor at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities? I’m a Student Success Advisor here at Testive. I work with parents to help figure out how we can make sure their students are fully prepared when it comes time to take the SAT and ACT. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? My co-workers! It’s great to work with...
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    Meet Scott Staiti: Director of School Partnerships at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive?   My job is to identify partnership opportunities for Testive at the school level.   What’s your favorite part about working at Testive?   The people!   When you’re not working, what do you like to do? I love spending quality time with my wife and two little girls and on...
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    Meet Anthony Stott: Coach at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I am a full-time coach. While I spend most of my time—as one would expect—coaching, I am also hard at work on creating content for Testive's NEW SAT software platform. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? Our t-shirts are pretty great and the people are wonderful, but I think...
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    Meet Erica Manoppo: Web Developer at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? As a Web Developer I’m here to support the development team in any way I can, whether it’s with data-related work, or helping out with features on the Testive platform! What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? The team here is awesome! When you’re not working, what do you...
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    Meet Jorgen Persson: Director of Customer Acquisition at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? 
 I am in charge of customer acquisition. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? 
Being part of Testive’s company journey from the start and seeing people grow in their careers. 
 When you’re not working, what do you like to do? 
 I spend most of my time at...
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    Find Out How Testive is Helping One High School Get Ready for the NEW SAT
    Testive recently kicked off a program with Boston-based Catholic Memorial High School, a school known for diversity and athletics.  Michael Schell, Director of College Counseling at Catholic Memorial, is motivated to see Catholic Memorial’s average SAT test scores rank among the elite in the Greater Boston area, and with the NEW SAT on the horizon, this...
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    Congratulations Class of 2015. We're Proud of You!
    We wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to all of our Testive students who will be graduating soon. You've worked hard and you're ready to take the next step in your journey by attending college.  Remember, college is a time of both academic and personal growth, new friendships, and experiences that will...
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    Why High School Athletes Choose Testive for SAT & ACT Prep
    Students who play high school sports are often trying to figure out how to fit in all of their homework, practices, games and any other extracurricular activities they might be involved in.  It's a lot!  And, for many parents, the burden of getting them to all of these activities falls on them tying up much of their free time as...
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    Meet Andrea Williamson: Dev/Design Intern at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I am a development and design intern at Testive. I create mockups and wireframes, and I code in HTML, CSS/LESS, and Coffeescript. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? Definitely the emphasis on learning, as well as having the opportunity to contribute to productive projects. When you’re not working,...
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    Meet Dan Wheeler: Student Success Advisor at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive?  As part of Testive’s Student Success team, I talk to students and parents about SAT and ACT prep, and help them plan for the wild and crazy college admissions process. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? I enjoy talking to students that are motivated to reach their...
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    2016 Grads: ACT Scores Are Out! Now What?
    If your child took the October ACT, they may have gotten their scores back already. If they took the test with writing, ACT says those scores should be available about two weeks after the multiple choice scores are posted. So...now what? Well that depends. Is your child on cloud nine about their scores?  Congratulations! Job well done! If your child is done with testing, then...
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    Meet Kathy Mahoney: Director of Content Marketing at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I help strategize and implement our inbound marketing initiatives including writing and editing this very blog you’re reading, creating parent resources for our website, and developing email and marketing campaigns to help get the word out about how awesome Testive is. What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? Working...
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    MARCH 2016: How College is Getting More Affordable
    New SAT, the PreACT, scandals, press releases, acceptance letters: March was a big month in the world of college admissions and standardized testing! Let's dive right on in.  #NewSAT? More like #ClownCollege The New SAT was finally administered for the first time this month. The reaction? Students seemed to think that the math section is harder than...
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    Got Your Admissions Decision? Here's What You Should Do Next
    It's finally that time. After months of hard work writing essays, taking standardized tests, chasing down teachers for recommendations and more, students have heard back from the schools they've applied to. Now you may be wondering, what should we do next? Whether your student was accepted, wait listed, or rejected, we've got you covered with...
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    Meet John LaPlante: Head of Learning at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive?  I am responsible for overseeing all of the coaches to ensure they are meeting student needs uniformly and effectively. I also create and improve content for questions and lessons, lead Testive’s SAT Study Halls, and coach my own group of SAT and ACT students. What’s your favorite part...
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    Meet Maggie Oti: Development Intern at Testive
    What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? I am a front-end web development intern at Testive responsible for making sure the student, parent, and coach user interfaces are running smoothly and are easy to navigate.   What’s your favorite part about working at Testive? The team! Team Testive is excited and invested in making test preparation accessible...
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