FAQ

Where can I find information on test dates, test centers, and other test-related issues?

This information can be found on our homepage and on the Sexton Test Prep & tutoring Google Calendar.

Should I prepare for the PSAT/PLAN?

Unless you are aiming for a National Merit Scholarship, probably not. Meeting one time to learn the format of the test might be a good idea. Otherwise, you should just go into the test, do your best, and see where you stand.

How far in advance should I begin preparing for the SAT/ACT?

Students who achieve the best score improvements almost all do 12 or more once-weekly meetings. Therefore, preparation should begin three to four months before the test date. Meeting more than twice weekly is generally not a good idea, as students do not have the necessary time to practice and retain the information.

How about meeting just a few times before the test to discuss strategy?

This plan is not generally recommended except for high-scoring students (2000 or above), or students who want to focus on one very specific area (like the essay). There are not shortcuts to SAT success. Students who score in the middle range (1400-1800) will need more than just a few sessions to see the results that they want.

How many times should I take the SAT/ACT?

You should take each test once during your junior year, then take your better test one more time in your senior year. You should not take either test more than three times.

Can I tutor with a friend?

Only if your scores are very closely matched. Students whose scores differ too much do not do well in pairs.

What are the most important factors that contribute to SAT/ACT success?

Hard work, homework completion, consistent scheduling, and parental involvement are the most important factors. A consistent schedule is very important: students need to be able to form a weekly preparation routine.

Which test should I focus on?

Most students get similar scores on the SAT and ACT, but there are some students who do significantly better on the ACT. Use your results on the PSAT and PLAN tests – or SAT and ACT tests – to determine which test is better for you. For students who will be Juniors during the 2015-2016 academic year this decision is made a bit more complicated by the new SAT which will be administered in March. To discuss this further please give us a call.

Other companies guarantee gains of 250 or more points or quote average score increases of as many as 400 points. Why don’t you make those guarantees or quote those score increases?

We at Sexton Test Prep do not believe that these promises are honest, and that many of these promised score increases are artificially inflated by unofficial diagnostic tests, excessively harsh scoring of practice tests, or selective score reporting.

We want to provide you with an honest and straightforward tutoring experience. Therefore, we only report score increases from one official test (e.g PSAT/SAT) to another. Furthermore, we try to track down the score results of every single one of our students, so that our data is reflective of our entire clientele, not only the few very successful students who take time to respond to a score survey.

Nonetheless, the majority of our students do very well, and the students who really put the time and effort in almost all do very well.

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