The Lyceum

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


When it comes to studying for the MCAT, students have always had a difficult time knowing what the best strategies are. However, the new MCAT is even more challenging: there are now 230 questions over 6 hours and 15 minutes as opposed to 144 questions in 3 hours and 20 minutes. With new topics such as Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology, questions focus more on critical thinking, data analysis, and practical application of prerequisite subjects.


The College Board is launching new and redesigned assessments in fall 2015 and spring 2016. The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the new PSAT™ 8/9 — for eighth- and ninth-graders — will launch in October 2015. The new PSAT™ 10 — for 10th-graders — will launch in February 2016 and the redesigned SAT in March 2016. These exams were designed by the College Board to work together to assess student skills. Closely aligned to challenging classroom work and the common core curriculum, the SAT exams will focus on college and career readiness.


The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) has announced the specifics regarding the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners™ (AABL™), which will serve as the new evaluation tool that New York City private elementary programs will use during the admissions process. ISAAGNY removed the WPPSI-IV test that had been used for years in March of 2014 and the AABL™ will serve as the replacement assessment.


As we have written about before, there are some big changes in store for the SAT. Now, Aristotle Circle is happy to provide a visual breakdown of those changes with our Old SAT vs. New SAT Infographic.


The new SAT is upon us, launching in the spring of 2016. If you’re in the high school graduating Class of 2017 or later, this will undoubtedly be the test that you should be preparing for – it seems far away, but knowing the key differences now will set you apart from the competition come college-application season! Here are the most important things that you should definitely know: