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Episode 7: Testing – What Now?



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With all the recent changes and disruption to the testing environment, we invited Jen Henson on our show to help clarify questions surrounding the testing environment. What are the recent changes to the ACT/SAT tests and test schedule? Should students take the ACT/SAT if they are applying to test-optional schools? What is the difference between test-optional and test-blind? When and how should students start to prep for the standardized tests?
Jennifer Henson, Founder of Goal Digger, answers these questions and more on our show. 


Key Takeaways:

  • ACT and SAT changes due to COVID-19
  • The differences between the ACT and SAT and which test your student should take
  • When to start test preparation
  • Navigating the meaning of “test-optional” and “test blind” 
  • Recruitment and the role it plays on when to take tests
  • Residual ACTs


Important Resources and Links:

Goal Digger

Comparing the SAT and ACT 


Meet Jennifer Henson

ACT/SAT tests


Jen Henson ( a.k.a “The GOAL DIGGER”) is a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test. Jen, who was an Ohio Teacher of the Year in 2014, holds a Master of Education degree with a Bachelor’s in English from Xavier University where she competed as a division 1 varsity tennis player.  For more than 2 decades, she has been a decorated teacher and an ACT prep coach. Today, she speaks to educators, parents, and students and has an army of teachers trained to assist her requests for tutorials. Her former ACT students now attend notable higher learning institutions, including Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Texas A&M, The Naval Academy, Dartmouth, Columbia, Miami University, and the University of Kentucky — among others.


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