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 […]

SAT/ACT Prep – When to Start

Congratulations to those who have completed their final exams and completed junior year, and good luck to those who have exams coming up or are taking them right now. As the 2016-2017 testing season draws to a close, most of the calls we now receive are from rising juniors. One of the most common questions, […]

How to Use the New August SAT Date

In 2017, for the first time, the College Board is offering an SAT test date in August. This “summer SAT” falls on August 26th, right before the beginning of school. So, while the test technically occurs during the summer, it really functions like a fall test date. The August test date offers some key, strategic […]

Subject Test Strategy

As Spring begins, many students are wrapping up their major test preparation and looking toward the end of the school year. In May, some students will be doing AP examinations; June brings SAT Subject Tests and final exams. We get a lot of questions at Sexton Test Prep about Subject Tests. This blog entry contains […]

Spring Testing Strategy

With today’s weather, it may not seem like it, but spring is just around the corner. Spring is when testing season kicks into high gear for many students. With so many tests offered – SAT/ACT, AP exams, and Subject Tests, not to mention school finals – it is crucial to make a coherent plan about […]

What to Know about Your Student’s PSAT Score

October PSAT scores are now available to students.  Here are a couple of notes and recommendations for how to use and interpret the scores. Remember that each section is scored out of 760, and not 800.  The highest possible score is 1520. This means your student’s PSAT score will be slightly and artificially lower than […]