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Importance of Reading for new sat and act

booksSo the standardized tests are dueling. Prompted in part by the ACT’s runaway success, the SAT is loudly overhauling its test structure. The ACT is also adjusting its format albeit more quietly. The new SAT and ACT will now be more aligned than they ever have been before, which is good or bad depending on how you look at it.


On the plus side, the tests should feel more similar to high school and college curriculums. Students no longer have to stuff their brains full of obscure SAT vocabulary words they will forget the moment they finish the test. Instead, the new SAT asks kids to understand words through context. It’s much more similar to the way in which vocabulary is introduced in college as well as the working world. Similarly, the tools kids need to succeed on the new ACT are now theoretically more closely linked to the tools kids need to succeed in college. The new ACT essay, for example, focuses more on world issues rather than the particular school debates of before. For both tests, the changes are designed to be more related and relatable to high school and college classrooms.

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Books that shaped Harvard Professors’ Lives

052115_book_stax_30.jpgAnn Petry’s “The Street”

“The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾,” written in diary style by Sue Townsend

Willa Cather’s “The Song of the Lark”

“The Sun Also Rises” & “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway

James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time.”

The Bible


Source: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/05/the-books-that-shaped-them

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Summer Reading List for your 6th Grader

Summer Reading ListAs we approach summer, it’s a great time for your daughter or son to take advantage of the free time and frankly, read.

However, the question may be: What should they read?

A Top 10 Boarding School, Milton Academy recommends the following fiction novels for  their rising 6th graders:

Fiction Book Recommendations - 6th Grade - Milton Academy













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Best Books for Students Who Don’t Like to Read

We find the strongest performers on the SAT Reading and Writing sections are voracious readers.

What if your child doesn’t like to read?  Well, the division of the American Library Association that picks out the Top novels for students to read for young adults also helps suggest some great titles for students who don’t like to read.  Here are 68 titles and 1 series for those students who need a little extra help improving one of the most important skills necessary for academic success: Reading

Books for Students Who Hate to Read


Boyer, Crispin. This Or That? The Wacky Book of Choices To Reveal The Hidden You. Illus. 2014. National Geographic Children’s Books, $12.99. 978-1-4263-1557-2.

Hobbits or ewoks? LEGOs or playing cards? Choose one to discover your real personality.

Brown, Box. Andre The Giant: Life and Legend. Illus. 2014. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/First Second/Roaring Brook Press, $17.99. 978-1-59643-851-4.

An illustrated look into the life of pro wrestler and actor Andre the Giant.

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