About Ben Flores

Ben is the Head of Learning at Testive. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Yale University, then obtained his Master’s in Education from the Boston Teacher Residency at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He taught in Boston Public Schools and has five years of experience preparing students for success on the SAT and ACT.
24 07, 2020

How to navigate SAT and ACT registration in 2020

By |2020-07-24T16:04:23+00:00July 24th, 2020|ACT, SAT, Uncategorized|

SAT and ACT registration is now open for the fall 2020 tests, including the August SAT, and there are limited spots available! With the unexpected test cancellations this spring, there has been an increase in demand for the late summer and early fall tests. That’s why it’s important to sign up earlier rather than later, [...]

16 03, 2020

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Impact on SAT and ACT Testing

By |2020-06-05T17:57:23+00:00March 16th, 2020|ACT, SAT, Uncategorized|

How Does the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Impact SAT and ACT Testing? _____________________________________________________________________ UPDATE: Testive's web page,, contains the newest updates. Please bookmark that page and check it for updates going forward, thanks!  _____________________________________________________________________ Update: 5/5/2020 Spring Testing has been canceled On April 15, 2020, College Board (maker of SAT) announced that it would [...]

3 04, 2017

How to Earn Scholarships Based on ACT Scores

By |2019-06-05T21:11:19+00:00April 3rd, 2017|ACT|

Just getting through high school in one piece is hard enough, but to get into the college of your choice, you really have to keep many plates spinning at once. One plate to spin is the cost of college. And one way to help cut the cost of college is to earn scholarships based [...]

28 03, 2017

Guide to ACT Registration

By |2018-07-16T03:03:50+00:00March 28th, 2017|ACT|

There are many different pieces to the college application process - selecting the colleges to which you’ll apply, gathering your transcripts and other documents, writing your essays and answer short-answer prompts, collecting letters of recommendation, and so on and so forth. In the timeline of college applications, one of the first items you’ll need to [...]

9 03, 2017

Introduction to SAT Subject Tests: How to Plan for the SAT II

By |2018-07-16T03:10:06+00:00March 9th, 2017|SAT|

If you’ve made your way to this article, you’ve at least heard of SAT Subject Tests, but you may not know much about them. SAT Subject Tests, also known as the SAT II's, are administered by the College Board (the same organization that provides the regular SAT.) They assess your ability to demonstrate critical thinking [...]

23 02, 2017

Ultimate List of Extracurricular Activities to Spark Inspiration

By |2019-06-05T20:26:49+00:00February 23rd, 2017|Admissions|

What Are Extracurricular Activities? When you think about preparing to apply to college, you probably tend to think about taking classes that are appropriately advanced for you, earning good grades in those classes, preparing for the SAT or the ACT to attain a strong score, and crafting your college essays. Every piece of the [...]

21 02, 2017

High School Classes: The Complete List

By |2019-06-05T20:25:37+00:00February 21st, 2017|Admissions|

Picking high school classes is an inescapable part of high school. They also have an effect on your college admissions. If you’re in high school, college applications may seem very far away, or they may seem impossibly close, no matter which year you’re in right now. There are a number of pieces to the [...]

31 01, 2017

Scholarships for High School Seniors

By |2020-05-01T00:07:00+00:00January 31st, 2017|Admissions|

There’s no getting around it: college is expensive, and it is a daunting task to figure out how you’re going to pay for it. One way to make that a little easier is to check this list of college scholarships for high school seniors. One of the first steps towards paying for college for [...]

25 01, 2017

ACT to SAT Conversion

By |2019-06-05T21:19:09+00:00January 25th, 2017|ACT, SAT|

One of the questions we most commonly hear from students who have taken either the PSAT, the SAT, or the ACT (or even just a practice test for one of these tests) is “what would my score be on the [other test]?” I.e. How do I do an ACT to SAT conversion? To answer [...]

12 01, 2017

GPA Calculation for College Admissions

By |2019-06-05T20:31:33+00:00January 12th, 2017|Admissions|

What is a grade point average, and how do you do a GPA calculation? If you are a high school student, you have a GPA, but nobody would blame you for not knowing exactly what it is or how it is determined. As you get closer to applying to college, you should understand what [...]