The Basics of Admissions Tests and Placement Exams

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 25, 2021 4:00:29 PM

Admissions tests have long been an essential part of the college application process. The admissions test process includes test prep, taking the actual test (sometimes multiple times), interpreting scores, and finally, submitting it to the institution of interest. In the era of COVID-19, testing cancelations and barriers to entry called for change. Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, thousands of colleges and universities nationwide have become “test-optional,” affirming that they will not penalize students for the absence of a standardized test score. Some of those schools are in Texas. Some will remain test-optional even once the pandemic passes.

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators, High School, Entrance Exams

ACT vs. SAT

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 22, 2021 1:38:00 PM

Students often ask themselves, what are the pros and cons between the ACT vs. SAT? It can be confusing to compare the exams side by side and suss out which is the best fit for a student's postsecondary goals.

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators, High School, Entrance Exams

Webinar: Alternative Opportunities to Four-Year Degree Programs

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 19, 2021 2:32:23 PM

Earning a four-year degree is not the only postsecondary path to starting a successful career. In this January 2021 webinar, we covered alternative options available to students. Topics included Texas certification programs, community college programs, technical school offerings, and innovative concepts like coding bootcamps that offer skills in high-need areas.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, College Planning, Educators, High School, Work Based Learning

Efficient Options for Getting Students on Track for College-Level Coursework

Posted by Suzanne Morales-Vale, THECB on Dec 15, 2020 3:24:34 PM

As educators, we spend much of our careers ensuring that our students are ready. In Texas, they should either be college ready, career ready, and/or military ready by the time they graduate from high school. Let’s talk about efficient options for students who want to go to college but may not yet have demonstrated their readiness for college-level coursework.  

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Topics: College Planning, Educators, High School, Texas OnCourse Academy

Staying on Course for College and Career during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 21, 2020 11:04:43 AM

COVID-19 has been an education game-changer.

COVID-19 has rocked our world as educators. Schools have closed, in-person classes and activities have pivoted to virtual or hybrid, and as we struggle to keep up, we worry about our students falling behind. We are committed to serving the dynamic needs of Texas educators, particularly as it relates to college and career readiness. We provide consistently updated information on COVID-19 resources for Texas educators. We recognize that your students are becoming more independent and tech-savvy during the pandemic and are managing their time and education from home in many cases. Keeping them on track for postsecondary success is a top priority.

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Topics: College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling, Distance Learning

COVID-19 Update: What to Expect from the TSIA2

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 20, 2020 3:29:03 PM

Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the TSIA2. We know this is a topic that y’all have a lot of questions about. Nearly 1,000 people registered for the webinar and 500 joined live! We’ll quickly summarize some key differences with the new assessment here. 

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, High School, Entrance Exams

Everything Educators Need to Know about College Planning

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Oct 19, 2020 2:20:49 PM

Many of your students are likely considering college as part of their postsecondary trajectory. There are a lot of different ways for your students to attend college. They could be interested in any combination of two-year, four-year, public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit institutions in either a residential or commuting experience. This article will walk you through the basics of college planning so that you’re prepared to support any student on any college pathway. We include links to additional articles, webinars, videos, and other resources. And don’t forget to refer to the ultimate source for all postsecondary planning information for professionals: the Texas OnCourse Academy.

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Topics: College Planning, Educators, High School

COVID-19 Update: Scholarships

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 14, 2020 4:32:53 PM

With National Scholarship Month just around the corner, we’ve started getting some questions about how COVID-19 will impact scholarships.

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Topics: College Planning, Coronavirus, High School, Financial Aid

Seven Steps to Requesting SAT Accomodations

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 9, 2020 3:34:52 PM

Students with disabilities may face more obstacles than their peers during the college application process. The College Board offers test accommodations to help students with disabilities obtain the same opportunities for higher education as other students.

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators, High School, Entrance Exams

Academic Undermatch by Socioeconomic Status

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 9, 2020 3:16:47 PM

Academic undermatch occurs when students would qualify academically for admittance to a college or university that is more selective than the alternative they choose. For example, a student would be academically undermatched if their achievements permitted them to attend Harvard, but the student chose to attend a local community college or not attend college at all. Assisting students with building a well-balanced and comprehensive college list plays an important role in avoiding academic undermatch. Research shows academic undermatch as a potential source of low and stagnant college completion rates, and low-income students are more likely to undermatch. 

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators, High School