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Glossary of Terms Test Programs
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Test Programs
PSAT - Preliminary
Scholastic Achievement
Test
This is actually called the PSAT/NMSQT, and is used to determine National Merit Scholarships.  Students take this test “for real” in October of their Junior year.  Many students also take it for practice in their Freshman and/or Sophomore years as well.
 
SAT - Scholastic
Achievement Test
Students take the SAT in the spring of their Junior year and again in the fall of their Senior year.
 
SAT II - Subject Specific Tests      These tests are one hour in length and are typically taken in the Junior and Senior years.  We recommend that students take these tests in June of the year in which they take the course.  Subjects include biology, chemistry, AP history, etc.
 
SAT II - Subject Specific Tests      These tests are one hour in length and are typically taken in the Junior and Senior years.  We recommend that students take these tests in June of the year in which they take the course.  Subjects include biology, chemistry, AP history, etc.
 
SAT for Middle School     We have Middle School students who have been invited to take the real SAT for Johns Hopkins Gifted Program. Note that these students are not placed in a class with High School students, but in a separate class.
 
SSAT - Secondary SAT        Students take this as an entrance exam into private high schools, in the fall of their 8th grade year.
 
COOP - Catholic School Admissions Test
 
This test is used in the same way as the SSAT.
 
 

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Curriculum
On-going Classes    This is The Enrichment Center’s term to describe classes that run continuously, from week to week.   These students start classes with a 4-hour deposit and then they pay us each time they come in. Cancellations are allowed with a 24 hour notification to us.
 
Intensive Classes   This is The Enrichment Center’s term to describe a class that has a scheduled beginning, middle and end.  The teachers plan the curriculum for a set number of weeks.
 
Every Day Math     This is the name of a text book that is used with The Chicago Math Program, and the curriculum is different than other programs.  We have specific classes set up for those students who are in this program.
 

Pre-K -
Pre-Kindergarten
 

Children enrolled in these classes must be 4 years old by September 30.   
G&T - Gifted and
Talented 
 
These students are very bright!
Hands-on   It is our belief that students need to be actively involved with their education.  We do not believe in spectator education where children just sit.  Our students participate.
 
IEP - Individual
Educational Plan
Set up by a child study team to allow for individual learning differences.  Individual plans allow us to customize programs including, working with learning disabilities. 
 
504  Similar to the IEP.
 
 

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College Admission Options
[from Newsweek magazine]
Early Admission Students are accepted before they graduate high school, a rare choice.
 
Early Decision Students agree to attend if accepted. The deadline is usually early November and students learn in early or mid-December whether they are accepted, deferred to the spring or rejected. Some schools also offer Early Decision II with a January deadline. That's often a strategic choice for students rejected in the first early round who want to try for a less competitive college and still get the Early Decision edge.
 
Early Action This is similar to Early Decision, but nonbinding. Students who are accepted can wait until May to see what their other options are. In general, students don't get as much of a competitive advantage from Early Action, but they can at least learn their fate by Christmas.
 
Rolling Decision Offered mostly by large public universities, this is basically a variation of first-come, first-serve. Students should apply early in the year, when there are the most spaces available. It's not binding.
 
Regular Decision This is the traditional procedure. Students generally apply by early January and hear in the spring. Deposits are due May 1.
 

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