December: A Big Month for Scores

I hope everyone enjoyed an excellent Thanksgiving with family and friends. As we move into December and the holiday season kicks into full swing, test preparation season starts to kick into full swing, as well, as a raft of scores come out this month.

The most notable of these scores are PSAT scores, which are released to most college counseling offices starting on December 4th and then to students on December 13th. PSAT results are accessible through the College Board website; if you have not created a free account, you should do so to view your scores.

Once you have accessed scores, your first move should be to link them to the Khan Academy platform; creating a KA account is also free. The KA platform will analyze your results for you, identify weak areas, and generate problem sets for you to practice those weak areas. This platform is an invaluable resource, so please contact us if you have any questions about how to use it.

Next, On December 15th, the December 2nd SAT scores (multiple-choice only) become available online. Like PSAT scores, these scores can also be exported to KA and analyzed. Essay scores become available later, on December 26th.

Finally, for ACT test-takers, scores from the December 9th ACT become available online starting December 19th. December is a TIR test, meaning that you can order a copy of the test itself, so be sure to sign up for this service if you haven’t already. You can order a copy of your test for up to three months after your test date.

When you get all your scores back, remember to keep your results in context… most students should use December results as a baseline and aim for their best scores in the spring of junior year or the fall of senior year. If your score doesn’t come out where you ultimately want it to be yet, do not worry: you are still very early in the testing cycle.

Please contact us with any questions about how to interpret your scores this month.


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