SAT and ACT Frequently Asked Questions

SAT FAQ’s

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What is the SAT? The SAT is a standardized college entrance exam that is designed to show colleges that students possess the skills and knowledge they’ll need to be successful at the university level.

Why should my student take it? Colleges use SAT test scores to determine eligibility for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

What subjects are covered on the test? The SAT test subjects include Reading, Writing & Language, Mathematics, and an optional essay section. Even if your student is very
confident in these areas, additional SAT prep with sample tests or tutoring is always recommended.

Is the test online or does my student need to go someplace to take it? Students must pre-register to take their SAT test in person at a nearby testing center of their choice. There is no online SAT test option.

What is the test schedule? There are several SAT tests administered over the course of each year, and students must sign up in advance for specific test dates. Check out the 2017-18 SAT test dates here

Is the test timed? How long does it take? Students will have exactly three hours to complete the test without the optional essay section. 50 additional minutes will be allowed for students to complete the essay if they choose to do so.

How long does it take to get results? It usually takes about three weeks after your test date to receive your scores.

How much does the test cost? The SAT test registration price is $43, and includes up to four score reports. If you elect to take the essay portion of the SAT, the fee increases to $54.50.

What’s the best way for my student to prepare for the SAT? SAT test prep can seem very intimidating and expensive, but REACH Pro Tutoring makes it affordable, approachable and effective for every student. Our comprehensive SAT prep program is based off of College Board curriculum and is also designed to improve test-taking skills. Our credentialed SAT tutors will work with your student one-on-one in the comfort of your home, and we customize your program hours based off of your student’s unique needs.

ACT FAQ’s

What is the ACT? Just like the SAT, the ACT is a nationally recognized, standardized test that helps colleges evaluate applicants for admissions and scholarship programs.

What subjects are covered on the test? The ACT tests students on English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning, and there is also an optional essay writing section. The Princeton Review website offers free practice tests to help students start their ACT prep by becoming familiar with the test.

Is the test online or does my student need to go someplace to take it? Students must pre-register to take their ACT test in person at a nearby testing center of their choice. There is no online ACT test option.

What is the test schedule? There are several ACT tests given over the course of each year, and students must sign up in advance for specific test dates. View the 2017-18 ACT test dates here.

Is the test timed? How long does it take? Students are allowed 2 hours and 55 minutes to finish the ACT test without completing the optional essay section. If students elect to complete the essay section, they will be allowed 3 hours and 40 minutes in total to finish the test.

How long does it take to get results? Most students should expect to see their multiple choice scores between two to six weeks after taking the exam. If you opted to take the ACT with writing, then your essay score will be added about two weeks after your multiple choice scores.

How much does the test cost? The basic ACT registration fee is $39.50, which includes score reporting to four colleges. If students opt to complete the optional writing essay test, the registration fee increases to $56.50.

What’s the best way for my student to prepare for the ACT?  Considering how important college entrance exam scores can be in qualifying your student for admission, virtually every student opting to take the test can benefit from some form of ACT tutoring.  REACH Pro Tutoring uses College Board curriculum and individualized instruction strategies to make ACT test prep simple for your student. Our comprehensive ACT prep program is also designed to improve test-taking skills and increase confidence. Our credentialed ACT tutors create customized programs based off of your student’s unique needs, and are passionate about supporting your student’s academic success.