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Test Prep

SAT & ACT Prep

Currently in higher education, there are discussions going on about the role that the SAT and ACT play in the admissions process. With that being said, we value that every student have the opportunity to be prepared for whatever option is next. All 10th and 11th grade students take the PSAT exam for free in Fall.  We offer a workshop in the winter to help families understand their score to prepare for the SAT or ACT.


As well as this, New Tech High partners with SurferMath in the Spring to offer SAT Prep Workshop classes on site at New Tech High at a significant reduction in cost. Potential workshop offerings will be released to students in the Fall and scholarships are available on a need basis.  Learn more about SurferMath at their website.


Should I take the SAT or the ACT?


Students struggle with this question all the time.  There is no right answer to this question as most colleges and universities accept results form both.  Determining what test to take really boils down to a matter of preference.  Consider exploring practice tests for each and choose the one you prefer afterwards. College Board makes practice SATs available and the ACT offers practice ACT questions and a practice ACT test.


When should I take the SAT/ACT?


The SAT and ACT are designed for students who are in the second half of their junior year. Waiting to take the tests until the winter or spring of the junior year is the best strategy; scores go up as students develop their math and English skills. We recommend against taking the SAT or ACT earlier than the winter of junior year.


How many times should a student take the test? No more than two or three times -- at some point, scores stop improving, and it is more important to allocate time to studying and extracurricular activities.


Test Prep


So should you study for the SAT or ACT? Yes, you should -- but only a little bit. It is important to familiarize yourself with the test format, types of questions, and timing. But don't spend so much time prepping for the SAT or ACT that your grades, activities, or opportunities to participate in meaningful summer pursuits suffer. Grades are and your well-being are always more important. Make sure to balance testing and test prep with your academics and other things you enjoy.


There are many test prep options -- standardized test preparation is big business -- and the number of choices can feel overwhelming. The good news is that you can find a wide variety test prep options, many of which are free. Some students prefer to study on their own, using websites and/or test prep books. Other students prefer to sign up for a class or work with a tutor.


If test prep is of concern to you, please consider taking part in our relationship with SurferMath.  We host multiple SAT Prep Courses on campus at a more than 50% discount to families.  Scholarships are available for families with additional need and no student is turned away.


Free Online Test Prep

  • Khan Academy: Official partner with College Board in offering free SAT preparation. Also provides free subject-specific resources in a wide variety of content areas.
  • Number2.com: Free ACT preparation
  • INeedAPencil: Free SAT preparation
  • College Board: The company that makes the SAT provides a full-length free practice test and offers other study tools on their website
  • ACT: The company behind the ACT provides practice tests and other study materials on their website.