About SAT/ACT

The SAT and the ACT are college entrance exams.  Most colleges require students to report scores from EITHER the SAT or ACT.  In consultation with our Head Tutor, we can make a recommendation as to which test is best for your student.  Some colleges are “test-optional” and do not require students to provide scores.  Most colleges do not require the Essay section, however the University of California requires an essay as part of the standardized test. A list of test-optional colleges can be found at fairtest.org.

DO YOU NEED A STANDARDIZED TEST TO GO TO COLLEGE?

Most colleges require standardized test scores.  Students transferring from community college usually do not need testing and a growing number of colleges are "test optional."  Some colleges also require SAT Subject Exams (sometimes called the SAT II).  Subject exams are one hour tests and students can choose from a list of subjects. 

Can i take a practice test to determine if the ACT or SAT is best for me?

Yes!  Marble Arch offers periodic proctored full-length practice tests for the ACT and the SAT.  Please see our EVENTS page for upcoming test dates.  You can also schedule a practice test "on demand " for any date that you like either for solo testing, or with a friend.

DO I NEED TO TAKE THE OPTIONAL ESSAY PORTION?

Many colleges recently announced that they are no longer requiring students to submit scores for the SAT or ACT essay portion.  At this time, the University of California and about 21 other universities still require the essay.  For this reason, we encourage students to take the ACT or SAT with writing and to do some preparation for this test section.

DO YOU OFFER GUARANTEES?

We provide experienced test prep tutors in all of our programs. Our current tutors are Stanford and Harvard graduates with extensive teaching experience.  It is common for students to improve 150 points or more on the SAT and 4-6 points on the ACT, but improvement is on an individual basis. Because students learn at different rates, just as they do at school, we do not guarantee that scores will improve with prep.  In our sessions, we focus on test-taking strategies as well as fundamental skills in reading comprehension, grammar, math, and writing.