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Sep
23
Sat
Free Practice Test Day
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Holden’s Fall Free Practice Test Day is coming up on Saturday September 23rd, 9am to around noon. Test Days can be cancelled due to low enrollment, so if your student is planning to attend, don’t forget to RSVP to office@holdenhigh.org

Here are the answers to a few questions students and parents often have about the SAT and ACT:

I’ve already taken the PSAT. Do I really need to take a practice SAT or ACT?

Absolutely. Many people think that PSAT stands for practice SAT, but really it stands for preliminary SAT and is a completely different exam; it is shorter and generally less challenging, and used more for National Merit Scholarship than for college admissions. A student’s PSAT scores are not a good measure of how they will do on an official full-length SAT or ACT. We administer only official full-length tests that have been released to the public by the companies that make the SAT and ACT, and have found that, especially when proctored in a similar environment to the conditions on an official Test Day, these do provide a good measure of how students will do on a real test.

Why can’t I just take a practice test home with me and do it there?

You can, of course, and I often send tests home with students … but I rarely ever see them again! The truth is, it can be a challenge to set aside a solid four hour block of quiet time to proctor a practice test at home. Additionally, a proctored test at Holden on a Saturday at 9am most closely mimics what a student’s actual testing experience will be like, which leads to a score that more accurately reflects how a student will do on the official test.

Why should I take a practice test instead of just taking the official exam?

There’s no reason you can’t — but the exams do cost money, and many students feel anxiety about going into a test cold. Taking a practice test at Holden offers students a chance at a low-stakes practice run, for free, in a familiar environment. It can also provide a baseline score that can help us advise you on what steps you can take, if necessary, to improve your score before attempting an official test.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

They are less different these days than you might imagine! However, there are differences, and every student is different, so sometimes it’s a good idea to take one of each and see how you do before you decide which one you’d like to study for. For more specifics on how the ACT and SAT differ, see this side-by-side breakdown from The Princeton Review: https://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act

Are accomodations available for standardized testing?

Accomodations are available for both tests, and Abby is a wonderful resource for supporting you with getting accomodations if you qualify — but it can take time, and sometimes requires additional documentation or evaluation for your student. All the more reason to take a practice test soon and get the ball rolling!

Do I need to do the optional essay section?

The answer is usually no, but a few colleges do require it, so be sure to check on all your prospective college requirements before you sign up for an official exam.

Sep
27
Wed
Holden Information Session
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Information Sessions are a great way to get initial information about the school from the Co-Directors, teachers, and current students. These evening events include a short presentation, tour, and ample opportunity to ask questions of the staff and students.

Sign up here: http://holdenhigh.org/admissions/visit-holden-high/information-session/

If a student/family are interested in finding out more, we suggest signing up for a short tour of the school while school is in session.

We look forward to meeting you!

Oct
7
Sat
Personal Statement Seminar
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This year we are proud to offer our first ever Create Yourself for Good: Personal Statement Workshop! The workshop is designed to help students who are applying to colleges and universities have a chance to get help with creating and editing their personal statements. The workshop will review:

What college admissions are looking for
What they are not looking for
Finding your life’s highlights
How to highlight struggles and challenges
Examples of well received personal statements
Examples of not well received personal statements
Outlining your personal statement
Best use of language and sentence structure
Peer review
Editing

There will be a break and snacks.

This event is free and open to the community but please reserve a space in advance by emailing office@holdenhigh.org to ensure we have enough computers, seats, and supplies available. Non-Holden students must bring a release signed by parents in order to participate.

Seniors get priority but Juniors and other class-people are also encouraged to come.

Oct
25
Wed
Holden Information Session
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Information Sessions are a great way to get initial information about the school from the Co-Directors, teachers, and current students. These evening events include a short presentation, tour, and ample opportunity to ask questions of the staff and students.

Sign up here: http://holdenhigh.org/admissions/visit-holden-high/information-session/

If a student/family are interested in finding out more, we suggest signing up for a short tour of the school while school is in session.

We look forward to meeting you!

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