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Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts. Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio. YOUR HOSTS Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. Between the two of us, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and a bit of sarcasm.

Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts. Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio. YOUR HOSTS Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. Between the two of us, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and a bit of sarcasm.

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United States

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Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts. Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio. YOUR HOSTS Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. Between the two of us, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and a bit of sarcasm.

Language:

English

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2169655162


Episodes

252. Are IQ Tests Valid?

10/15/2021
Most of us imagine that human intelligence is simply too complex and magical to measure in any reliable way. Why, then, do so many studies suggest otherwise? Amy and Mike invited data scientist Stanislaw Pstrokonski to explore the research regarding the validity of IQ tests. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What do IQ tests purport to evaluate? What other attributes also correlate with IQ?How much research has been done to support the findings of these tests? What...

Duration:00:31:01

251. Success In Computer-Based Testing

10/12/2021
Like it or not, most major assessment and admissions tests will eventually migrate to a digital platform, some sooner than you’d think. This need not be a cause for despair. Amy and Mike invited educator Sonya Muthalia to describe the path to success in computer-based testing. What are five things you will learn in this episode? How do computerized tests differ from the paper-pencil version?What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking computer-based tests?How is the prep for...

Duration:00:27:04

250. Test Prep Profile: Anna Solomon

10/8/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Anna Solomon. Anna grew up in Florida and graduated with a B.A. in History from New College of Florida. She lived in Asheville (NC) and Richmond (VA), and now lives in Salisbury (MD). She worked for Huntington Learning Center, Tutor Doctor, and other private tutoring and test prep companies before beginning her own company, Flamingo Tutoring. Now she focuses on...

Duration:00:16:05

249. Test Prep Profile: Adam Snoza

10/7/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Adam Snoza. Adam graduated from Creighton University and was a high school English teacher for 9 years in both public and private schools. He has spent 13 years in ACT test prep with Aim High Test Prep in Omaha, NE. He is the lead instructor and curriculum developer, authoring his own 350-page instructional manual. Adam is also an ACT Certified Educator (ACE)...

Duration:00:16:29

248. Test Prep Profile: Leia LeMaster Horton

10/6/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Leia LeMaster Horton, who has been an educator for over eighteen years. Her favorite subjects were Latin and Math. In the last seven years, Leia has focused her attention on preparing students for their college entrance exams and is the owner of Horton Test Prep. Through these years, she’s helped countless students raise their scores hundreds of points and turn...

Duration:00:17:35

247. Test Prep Profile: Alex Chip

10/5/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Alex Chip, the founder of Top Score Education, a boutique tutoring, test prep, and academic counseling company headquartered in Washington DC, in 2005. Over the past 16 years, Alex has tutored several thousand students in high school and college admissions testing, developed innovative project-based learning programs for students of all ages, and launched new...

Duration:00:18:52

246. Test Prep Profile: Jen Henson

10/4/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Jennifer Henson a.k.a “The GOAL DIGGER”, a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test. Jennifer, who was Winton Woods City School’s (OH) Teacher of the Year in 2014, holds a Master of Education degree with a Bachelor’s in English from Xavier University—where she was a walk-on tennis player. She’s taught for 21 years and coached ACT...

Duration:00:18:41

245. Where Modern Education Fails

10/1/2021
So many aspects of modern life represent obvious improvements over past practices. So why does it feel like we’re not consistently applying what we’ve learned about learning year over year? Amy and Mike invited educator and author Shane Trotter to consider where modern education fails. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What skills tend to be lacking in today's high school graduates?Which students do schools tend to focus on and exclude?What systemic educational issues...

Duration:00:26:42

244. Top Lessons For ACT Science

9/28/2021
The existence of a science test sets the ACT apart from all other college entrance exams. What should a student do to be set apart from peers on this challenging test section? Amy and Mike invited educator Robin Satty to explore top lessons for ACT science. What are five things you will learn in this episode? How important is specific science knowledge vs other skills on the ACT Science Test?How has this section changed over time?How can students approach each of the three types of Science...

Duration:00:27:25

243. What Is The SHSAT?

9/24/2021
The various versions of high school admissions tests may be even more confusing than those for college or graduate school. As part of our series on HS admissions tests, Amy and Mike invited educator Kenny Tan to explain the role and structure of the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). What are five things you will learn in this episode? What schools require the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)?What does the SHSAT cover?How is the SHSAT scored, and how many...

Duration:00:25:27

242. How To Write A Standout Letter Of Recommendation

9/21/2021
The aspect of a college application that lies most outside an applicant’s control is the recommendation. How can recommendation writers and requesters alike get this essential piece right? Amy and Mike invited author Becky Munsterer Sabky to explain how to write a standout letter of recommendation. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What makes a standout recommendation?Who can or should write college recommendations?What should a recommender ask of the applicant (and vice...

Duration:00:28:47

241. The Future Of AP Exams

9/17/2021
Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams set the standard for academic rigor for millions of high school students every year. Will this continue to be the case over the next few years? Amy and Mike invited educator John Moscatiello to help understand the future of AP exams. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is the AP program, and why is it so important now?What challenges does the AP program face?Does taking a lot of AP exams help a college application? What are...

Duration:00:27:50

240. Demographic Trends And College Admissions

9/14/2021
If the success of educational institutions depends on a steady and predictable flow of incoming students, what does the American “birth dearth” forebode for the future of higher education? Amy and Mike invited higher ed professional Chris Lucier to explain the implications of demographic trends for college admissions. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is the value to higher ed professionals in exploring demographic data?What do the combined data sets tell us about...

Duration:00:26:32

239. The Truth About Student Loan Debt

9/10/2021
A four-year degree may be one of the most expensive investments a person can make, especially when we expect teenagers to make life-defining financial decisions without sufficient education, support, and protection. Amy and Mike invited higher education professional Alex Robie Harris to discuss some uncomfortable truths about student loan debt. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What are some of the assumptions we hold about student loan borrowers and defaulters?What are...

Duration:00:25:14

238. Overworked School Counselors

9/7/2021
Now more than ever, high school counselors are turned to for social-emotional counseling PLUS college and career guidance PLUS academic planning PLUS anything and everything else. No wonder they’re all so busy! Amy and Mike invited college consultant Daniel Santos to discuss the challenges facing overworked school counselors. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What are the responsibilities of a traditional U.S. high school counselor?What are the recommended and actual...

Duration:00:25:28

237. Vocabulary On The SAT & ACT

9/3/2021
For generations, the term “SAT word” has been synonymous with extremely challenging or esoteric vocabulary words. But does the phrase even still apply? Amy and Mike invited educator Michelle Rotteau to discuss vocabulary on the SAT and ACT. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Is a college-level vocabulary still necessary on admissions tests?What kind of vocabulary does the SAT & ACT challenge?Which test or section presents more challenging words?What is the best way to...

Duration:00:27:15

236. Technology As An Enabler In Education

8/31/2021
New hardware and software rarely introduce the sweeping improvements most adopters in education hope for, but the right ed tech can definitely facilitate powerful positive change. Amy and Mike invited tech professional Al Kingsley to describe the role of technology as an enabler in education. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Which aspects of education can--and cannot--be improved through technology?What is the tension between new tech and old ways of working?What does...

Duration:00:24:22

235. Test Prep Profile: Lori Tofexis

8/27/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Lori Tofexis. Lori grew up in NY and NJ and attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a degree in Communications. She worked in television for a while (behind the scenes) and then took a job in Florida. Eventually, Lori started selling sailboats in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, which provided her the opportunity to go sailing every chance she had. After...

Duration:00:19:16

234. Test Prep Profile: Jim Wismer

8/26/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Jim Wismer, the Director of Ivy Experience. Jim first started tutoring for pay in eighth grade, and he has since earned a broad range of experience in secondary and higher education. Jim taught Latin and Ancient Greek and served as a T.A. in Greek and Roman history and mythology courses while earning his M.A. in Classics at the University of Notre Dame. After...

Duration:00:16:58

233. Test Prep Profile: Marina Yalon

8/25/2021
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Marina Yalon, who has spent over 15 years in the education sector, propelled by the belief that all students have the ability to learn and deserve access to quality education! Over the years, she's helped build schools in Guatemala, measure student achievement in over a dozen countries, and worked with more than 1,000 students to help them achieve their goal...

Duration:00:15:39