Weighted vs Unweighted GPA and How Colleges View Them

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/6/20 8:30 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

COVID has brought grading schemes under the microscope, once again. You may well know that schools evaluate academic performance in two ways:

1) in the classroom through letter grades, and 2) through Grade Point Average, or GPA.

You’re likely familiar the grading from A-F, but colleges are interested in overall performance—with a quick glance of your unweighted GPA which will fall between 0.0 and 4.0. Colleges could also be interested in a weighted GPA which applies more proportional weight to more difficult classes.

However, more and more classes are also offering P and NP. Wondering what that means? Read on for a breakdown of how this plays out today.

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What an Admissions Expert Has to Say About AP Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/17/20 8:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

It’s AP season, so we talked to one of our wonderful counselors, Jennifer Liepin, about her own advice on AP tests. Read her thoughts below about:

  • why you should take AP classes,
  • how they help with college applications,
  • how to prepare for the test,
  • and what you should do if you don’t do well.
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My SAT Was Cancelled. What Do I Do Now?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/20 4:05 PM / by Julia de Raadt

With the June SAT test date recently canceled and June ACT test date looking unlikely to go ahead, you may be wondering whether you should still take either. This is especially the case for juniors who have not already taken the test, or considered taking it again. Now you find yourself faced with the question: to take or not to take? Is it even worth my time and effort if some colleges no longer require it? Can I juggle the work that I need to put in to prepare as well as the added pressure of studying online?

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Colleges Move to Test-Optional Policy Amid COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/9/20 1:55 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Coronavirus is certainly creating havoc and it seems no sector is immune to its effects, college admissions included. With the interruptions it has created for standardized testing resulting in the cancellation of SAT and ACT test dates, some colleges have decided to make the upcoming admission cycle test-optional. 

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You didn't do well on the SAT or ACT. Now what?

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/3/19 1:03 PM / by Martha Collins

Taking the SAT or the ACT can be one of the most stressful parts of the college application process. Receiving the test scores themselves can be just as nerve-racking. 

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SAT/ACT Timeline - Planning the Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/19/19 11:05 AM / by Cameron Devall

The SAT/ACT is a daunting eventuality for any university bound student. While some students have begun their college preparation even before getting to high school, other than keeping good grades, a standardized test is the first big step towards college admittance.

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3 Small, Surefire Ways to Practice for the SAT

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/16/19 6:37 AM / by Melanie Falconer

I hated the SAT. I still hate it. It doesn't really measure your intelligence, which is made up of so many different qualities. Intelligence isn't just a number--it's about how curious you are, how you progress, your ability to shift perspectives and take on problems. 

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How to Manage AP Exam Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/8/19 10:21 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Exam period can be an extremely stressful time for students and AP exams are no exception. When stress gets the better of us, it can really affect performance. But how do you conquer test nerves? Below are some strategies to remain calm and put your best foot forward during the AP exam period.

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Preparing for AP Exams

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/6/19 8:05 AM / by Gelyna Price

Unlike the SAT or ACT exams, AP exams are offered only once a year, in May. This means that if you don’t do well, it’s not as simple to retake the exams, because you’ll need to wait until the next year. If you retake the exams, you also can’t control which AP scores the colleges see; they’ll automatically get all of them (including the bad ones that made you retake the exams in the first place).

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Top Tier Colleges that Don’t Require the SAT

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/15/19 8:45 AM / by George Wigington

 

If test-taking isn’t your strong suit, have no fear! Below I have listed five prestigious colleges that do not require you to submit your standardized test scores as well as a comprehensive list of test-optional colleges.
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Are You a Poor Test Taker? Here's How to Do Well on the SAT/ACT

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/10/18 4:12 PM / by Cameron Devall

The developments in education in recent years have been phenomenal. Classrooms have gone from lecture halls to spaces that engage all types of learners. Thanks to Neil Fleming’s VARK model of Student Learning, we have now understood that students learn in different ways, so why isn’t their knowledge being assessed in different ways as well.

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GPA vs Standardized Testing - Which Weighs More Heavily?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/18 12:30 PM / by Julia de Raadt

 Students often ask whether GPA or standardized test scores are more important, especially in the case that they have a strong GPA but a lower SAT/ACT or vice versa. Will a low test score ruin my chances of getting into my college of choice? 

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Junior Journeys: Overcoming Test Anxiety, Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/28/18 12:00 PM / by Sonya Gurwitt

We’ve all had the experience of being nervous before a test, but sometimes the stress and anxiety can start to interfere with your performance on the test itself. This is called test anxiety (see part one of this post for more information on what test anxiety is and some preliminary ways to overcome it). Luckily, there are plenty of concrete ways to get over test anxiety and help you stay calm during the many important standardized tests you’ll take junior year!

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Junior Journeys: Overcoming Test Anxiety, Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/18 2:00 PM / by Sonya Gurwitt

Junior year is full of standardized tests—SATs, ACTs, SAT IIs, APs—but whatever the acronym, even the thought of sitting for hours filling in tiny scantron bubbles with a number two pencil can be enough to make your palms sweat.

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Junior Journeys: How Many Times Should You Take the SAT?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/18 12:00 PM / by Christina Le

Taking the SAT exam can be a self-esteem crushing, nerve-wracking part of the college admissions process. It’s definitely not designed to be a walk in the park, and consists of three math, reading, and writing sections, approximately a four hour interval to complete these sections, and a score posted online that can seem like the end of the world.

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