The Lyceum

Aristotle Circle's blog covering topics in private and public school admissions, and college and graduate admissions.

Mar
10
2014

The Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) has announced that there will now be no universal standardized test used for admissions into New York’s independent schools. Each school will be left to decide how to assess children for entry in their programs, whether it is with the old test, a new assessment or a combination of strategic games. At the moment, a number of the most selective schools, in particular Horace Mann, is keeping the existing ERB test as a requirement.

Mar
05
2014

The College Board announced extensive changes to the SAT today, its first update since 2005. In recent years, the SAT has lost significant ground to the ACT, which focuses more on high school curriculums and is now taken by more students than the SAT.

The major changes to the test, which will debut in Spring 2016, include:

General Changes:

  • The test will now be administered both on paper and on computer
  • The penalty for an incorrect answer has been removed

Feb
26
2014

Spring has almost arrived, and the seniors have begun to receive their final acceptance letters; which means that it’s time for the Class of 2015 to begin planning their college search in earnest. Juniors don’t have any specific college-related deadlines just yet, but you shouldn’t be putting off this important issue until you have the application dates looming down on you. Here are a few things to start thinking about and doing this spring when it comes to your college search.

Start Visiting

Feb
26
2014

If you’re a member of the Class of 2014 and you’re reading this, then you’ve likely received some of your college admissions decisions – and by the end of the month, you’ll have received the rest of them. Congratulations, the hardest part is over! That being said, the game isn’t over yet, seniors. There are still some things that you should be thinking about regarding the entire college admissions process after you receive your admissions decision, and a few things you might want to consider for your upcoming summer.

Check Your Financial Aid

Feb
26
2014

Some colleges have no policy on SAT Subject Tests (previously called SAT IIs), others recommend them, and others specifically require two – or even three – tests. Generally, the more competitive the college, the more stringent the requirements. For students applying to a range of colleges, the time to decide which tests to take will be before their college lists are finalized, so early planning is key.