Tests and the Rest

Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley every Tuesday and Friday 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 using the form at the bottom of the page or stream it via your favorite podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Overcast. At around 25 minutes per episode, you can enjoy Tests and the Rest just about any time.

Are you a test prep professional? Registration for the Tests and the Rest Summer Summit 2020 is now open!

YOUR HOSTS

Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. Between them, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and maybe a bit of sarcasm.

EPISODES

95. THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE STRESS TEST with consultant and author Susan Baldridge
94. FAMILY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS with author and admissions professional Rick Clark
93. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: GOOD VS. GREAT with college admissions counselor Benjamin Caldarelli
92. SPORTS RECRUITING IN THE TIME OF COVID with college consultants David Stoeckel and Katie Andersen
91. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS with educational consultant Barbara Hettle
90. 50-50 COLLEGES AND THE PERFECT LIST with college admissions expert Michelle Kretzschmar
89. DIFFERENT WAYS TO LOOK AT TEST SCORE INCREASES with test prep professional Evan Jones
88. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FAFSA & CSS PROFILE with financial aid consultant Kevin Angney
87. OBSERVATIONS OF A TEST SITE SUPERVISOR with test center supervisor Tom Carey
86. DECIDING BETWEEN THE SAT AND ACT, PART 2 with test prep professional Heather Krey
85. TRANSITIONING YOUR IEP OR 504 PLAN TO COLLEGE with academic support professionals Mary Jo Levand and Julie Szwejkowski
84. HIGH IMPACT STRATEGIES TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED IN MATH with author and educator Allison Dillard
83. WHO BENEFITS MOST FROM TEST OPTIONAL POLICIES? with admissions counselor Stacey Cunitz
82. THE INNER GAME OF TESTING with test prep professional Brett Ethridge
81. YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH: SECRETS OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS with college admissions expert Parke Muth
80. CREATING A HOMESCHOOL PLAN DURING A CRISIS with educator and author Ned Johnson
79. WHY THE SAT AND ACT ARE AWESOME with test prep professional David Blobaum
78. WHAT EXACTLY IS A GOOD COLLEGE? with admissions advisor Stuart Nachbar
77. EARLY DECISION AND EARLY ACTION with college president and author Michael T Nietzel
76. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC with college counselor Brennan E. Barnard
75. ACT SUPERSCORING AND SECTION RETESTING with ACT Senior Director in Research Krista Mattern
74. COLLEGE ADVISING AND PREP BY VIDEOCONFERENCE with educational consultant Jona Jacobson
73. VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS with CampusReel cofounders Rob Carroll and Nick Freud
72. WHAT SAT & ACT DIAGNOSTIC TESTS CAN TELL YOU with test prep professional David Phelps
71. ATTENDING A WOMEN’S COLLEGE with admissions director Catarina Costa
70. TABOO ESSAY TOPICS with college admissions expert Sally Rubenstone
69. WHAT EVERY PRE-MED MAJOR SHOULD KNOW with author Elisabeth Fassas
68. COMMON TESTING MISTAKES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM with test prep professional Michael Jordan
67. DOES COLLEGE ENGAGEMENT MATTER MORE THAN SELECTIVITY? with lecturer and author Denise Pope
66. HOW TO WIN LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS with author Monica Matthews
65. IN DEFENSE OF STATE TESTS with researcher and consultant Glynn D. Ligon, Ph.D
64. WHY TAKE A GAP YEAR? with association executive Ethan Knight
63. NEW OPTIONS FOR THE ACT with ACT National Director of K-12 Lisa Wolf
62. LOOKING FOR A FULL RIDE with coach and author Renee Lopez
61. ATTENDING AN HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY with Howard University Associate Provost Anthony Jones
60. LEGAL ISSUES FOR EDUCATIONAL ENTERPRISES (PART 2) with attorney Matthew K. Seeley
59. LEGAL ISSUES FOR EDUCATIONAL ENTERPRISES (PART 1) with attorney Matthew K. Seeley
58. KEEPING STUDENT DATA PRIVATE with Leonie Haimson, co-founder of Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
57. ATTENDING UNIVERSITY IN EUROPE with international educational consultant Kevin Newton
56. EMERGING TRENDS IN SAT AND ACT CONTENT with Evan Wessler of Method Test Prep
55. REDUCING FRICTION IN THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS with author and consultant Roger Dooley
54. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STUDENT LOANS with Elaine Rubin, financial aid expert at Edvisors
53. GALLUP ALUMNI SURVEY AND THE SIX COLLEGE EXPERIENCES THAT DRIVE SUCCESS with research consultant John Clark
52. TEST SCORES AND THE NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE with test prep professional Jennifer Henson
51. HELPING STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THE DEMANDS OF COLLEGE with clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Adam Zamora
50. UTILIZING A REFLECTION JOURNAL TO PREPARE FOR YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY with educational consultant Carrie Bedard
49. DOES WHERE YOU GO TO COLLEGE MATTER? with college consultant Lynn O’Shaughnessy
48. HOW TEST PREP AND SPORTS ARE SIMILAR with test prep professional Tony Miglio
47. WHY GRADE INFLATION IS HARMFUL with researcher and professor Seth Gershenson Ph.D.
46. ATTENDING A COMMUNITY COLLEGE with college admissions professional Heidi Nicholas
45. EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS AND TEST PREP with interdisciplinary educator Jenna Bee
44. PATHWAY PLANNING FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS with school counselor Andrea House
43. INCREASED COLLEGE COSTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS with publisher and researcher Mark Kantrowitz
42. HELPING TEENS GET THE SLEEP THEY NEED with physician assistant and Sleep 101 project manager Kari Oakes
41. MENTAL TECHNIQUES FOR PEAK TEST PERFORMANCE with CEO/Founder of City Test Prep Bara Sapir
40. 2020 CHANGES IN ADMISSIONS RULES with associate dean of college counseling and author Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D.
39. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A BAD TEST TAKER? with test prep professional and author Moshe Ohayon
38. HOW TEST PREP TUTORING SHOULD WORK with Evan Wessler of Method Test Prep
37. BRINGING GRIT TO TESTING AND ADMISSIONS with researcher and author Laila Y. Sanguras, Ph.D
36. WHAT MOTIVATES STUDENTS AND HOW TO ENGAGE THEM with test prep professional Pranoy Mohapatra
35. ATTENDING A JESUIT UNIVERSITY with Xavier University Regional Recruitment Director Trace Althoff
34. HOW TO TEACH STUDENTS TO STUDY EFFECTIVELY with academic life coach Gretchen Wegner
33. PSAT AND THE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS with test prep professional and author Brian Stewart
32. MAKING THE MOST OF COLLEGE VISITS with independent educational consultant Jodi Rosenshein Atkin
31. WHAT COLLEGE BOARD AND ACT ARE DOING RIGHT with Ben Sexton, founder of Sexton Test Prep
30. ATTENDING A LARGE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY with OSU Admissions Counselor Keith Lofton
29. HOW PARENTS CAN BEST SUPPORT STUDENTS IN TEST PREP with Alexis Avila, founder and CEO of Prepped and Polished
28. THE REALITY OF GRADE INFLATION with Brian Eufinger, president of Edison Prep
27. COMMON MYTHS ABOUT THE SAT AND ACT with Daniel Ascher, President of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring
26. ALL ABOUT THE ROTC SCHOLARSHIP with consultant and author Lieutenant Colonel Robert O. Kirkland
25. WHEN GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS STRUGGLE with Shane Bybee, founder of Bybee College Prep
24. CHOOSING HIGH SCHOOL MATH COURSES STRATEGICALLY with author and educator Richard Corn
23. ATTENDING COLLEGE IN A BIG CITY with NYU Director of Admissions Billy Sichel
22. WHAT IS ACT SCIENCE ALL ABOUT? with author and test prep guru Michael Cerro
21. IMPLICATIONS OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT DASHBOARD with Travis Minor of Open Door Education
20. THERAPEUTIC SCHOOLS AND TEENS IN CRISIS with the CEO of Score At The Top Learning Centers, Jason Robinovitz
19. COLLEGE PRICE TRANSPARENCY with Dr. Mark Salisbury, co-founder of TuitionFit
18. USING MINDFULNESS FOR TEST AND SCHOOL SUCCESS with educator and author Logan Thompson
17. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SAT AND ACT GRAMMAR with author Erica L. Meltzer
16. HOW THE SAT IS ACTUALLY SCORED with Aaron Golumbfskie of Prep Matters
15. FINISHING A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE ON TIME with educational consultant Edie Steele
14. MATHEMATICAL MATURITY & TEST SUCCESS with author and test prep professional Dr. Steve Warner
13. THE RAMPANT COST OF COLLEGE with Paul Celuch, president and founder of College Assistance Plus
12. HOW SCHOOL AND PRIVATE COLLEGE COUNSELORS CAN WORK TOGETHER with counselor Cathy Charles Szendrey
11. TEEN ANXIETY AND SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS with psychiatrist Dr. Anthony Villani
10. DECIDING BETWEEN THE SAT AND ACT with Heather Krey, director of Test Prep for Success
9. COLLEGE ADVISING FOR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS with Dr. Chris Tudico, school counselor at Saint Martin de Porres
8. BRINGING CRITICAL BALANCE TO HIGH SCHOOLERS’ LIVES with Eric Domroes, school counselor at Pittsford Mendon HS
7STATE OF THE TEST PREP INDUSTRY IN 2019 with Kevin Organisciak, founder of The Association for Test Prep, Admissions, and Private Tutoring (TPAPT)
6HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF ONLINE TEST PREP with Tom Ehlers, founder and president of Method Test Prep
5NEED BLIND AND NEED AWARE ADMISSIONS with educational consultant Jona Jacobson
4THE ROLE OF LIBRARIES IN TESTING AND ADMISSIONS with Deena Viviani, Young Adult Librarian at Brighton Memorial Library
3ACT SCORE REVIEW AND VALIDATION with Desiree Rodriguez-Gould, college counselor at St. Edward HS
2. PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF TESTING + Amy Seeley’s origin story
1. SAT & ACT TESTING TIMELINES + Mike Bergin’s origin story

And if you are a test prep professional who enjoys the podcast, you’ll love the Tests and the Rest Test Prep Conference series. The Tests and the Rest Winter Test Prep Conference 2020 was phenomenal, but we plan to top it at the Tests and the Rest Summer Test Prep Conference 2020 on June 13-14!