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.  A list of test-optional colleges can be found at fairtest.org.

WHAT IS THE RE-DESIGNED SAT OFFERED IN SPRING 2016?

Current high school freshmen and sophomores, beginning in March 2016, began taking a re-designed SAT.   Colleges will continue to accept the current SAT for current high school students who test before the change is made.  Detailed information on the re-designed test can be found at on the College Board website. Please contact us for more information.

HOW DO I COMPARE SCORES ON THE OLD SAT TO THE "NEW" SAT?

The College Board has produced a concordance table so that you can compare scores from the former SAT test to the new SAT.  

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 YOU OFFER GUARANTEES?

We provide experienced test prep tutors in all of our programs.  It is common for students to improve 150 points or more, 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.