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June SAT Delivers Surprising Results

Many students around the country were disappointed by the incredibly harsh scoring curve on the June test. The curve was so bad that national stories about it circulated within a day or two after the score release. Many students lamented that although they had gotten more questions right than they had on previous tests, sometimes […]

SAT and ACT Essays Continue to Lose Favor

Within the last week, Duke joined Stanford, Brown, and Princeton in announcing this summer that they will no longer require that applicants submit the SAT and/or ACT essay. As a result, almost no schools outside the California state school system require the SAT/ACT essay anymore. The writing has been on the wall for these essays […]

UChicago Goes Test Optional: What Does It Mean?

A lot of news in the testing world recently, the biggest item of which is that the University of Chicago has decided to become test optional. This is big news because although there are more than 800 institutions that are test optional already, Chicago is the first top 10 University and major research university to […]

The Will To Prepare To Win

Today we have a guest post from Mike Bergin, the founder of Chariot Learning, shares the insight and experience earned over twenty-five years in education through his extensive writing on test prep and teaching.  Everyone wants great test scores. That is to say, anyone who has to sit for an important or perhaps even trivial wants to score […]

SAT Class in Wellesley

Sexton is offering a 12-hour SAT course to prepare your student for the March SAT. This class will be taught by two of our Master Tutors and is designed to give your student a complete overview of all sections of the SAT, including the essay. This six session class will meet in Wellesley on Monday […]

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 […]

SAT/ACT Waiting Game

With many students having just taken the October SAT or the PSAT, students and parents are now playing the waiting game: SAT scores come back in just a matter of days. Here is some information on score release dates, and what to do with your scores once you have them. October 7th SAT scores begin […]

SAT/ACT Testing: Planning Your Timing

Welcome back! I hope everyone has successfully reintegrated into school as we look forward to another beautiful fall season in New England. As junior year begins, it is important to plan out a testing timeline so that the SAT/ACT testing process can be as stress-free as possible. Here we will look at the test date […]

How Much Can My Score Improve?

One of the most common questions we field from prospective clients, especially at this time of year when many rising juniors are just starting test prep, is “how much will my son or daughter’s scores improve from tutoring?” This is a complex question, but it is important to set expectations at the beginning of the […]

Big News from ACT

For those of you who have taken the ACT, one of its biggest drawbacks when compared with the SAT was that many schools did not super score the ACT. In fact, only about 15% of schools super scored the ACT up until now. Freshly released research from the ACT, however, suggests that may be about […]