Yes, sort of, but not really. Many colleges are now 'test-optional.' At these colleges, choosing to submit a test score can only help. Some colleges (UCs and CSUs) are 'test-blind,' meaning they won't even consider scores. Keep in mind- it is unlikely that all your schools will be test-blind. And finally, some schools still require an SAT or ACT. In other words, most college-bound students would see benefit from taking a test.
Pick one. We'll help you choose. :) Talking through the differences between the tests may be sufficient to guide your choice. Or, we can direct you to a free practice test in each. Then, we would precisely compare your results and offer a thorough comparison to help you find your strengths and make your decision.
Plan to take your chosen test twice in your junior year when your schedule is most free- later in the year often yields better results. Sometimes a student is done after one round, but that outcome is less common. Second round scores are more often higher. Save a third and final round for early senior year, only if needed.
We recommend potential test preparation tutoring students and families begin with an initial meeting to talk through your individual situation and discuss possible testing plans. (These meetings are at no cost or obligation.)
Our most common tutoring program is designed to guide a student through two rounds of testing. This program includes all materials, 12 1.5 hour tutoring sessions (9 before a 1st test, 3 more before a 2nd round), and communication and analysis throughout the course. Group tutoring and customized programs are also available.
Students each receive The Official SAT Study Guide or The Official ACT Prep Guide for official practice tests. Additionally, you will receive The Tobin Review SAT/ACT Tutoring Manual, a time-tested guide through the key features of your test, important testing strategies, and a review of all the academic content featured on the test.
PES runs after-school SAT and ACT preparation classes as well as weekend-long seminars at local high schools. We also conduct PSAT Workshops to help students make the most of their early testing experiences. Finally, PES runs events to discuss the current environment and guide students' decisions related to standardized testing.
Please inquire if you would if you would like to host an event at your school or through your organization.