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Practice ACT/SAT Frequently Asked Questions


What is a practice ACT/SAT?

Using materials prepared by the makers of the ACT/SAT, the test is a practice run for the real test. It will give the student an idea of what the tests look like and how long it takes to do each section. Students will receive scores one to two weeks later.

What do I need to bring to the test?

Pencils, calculator, snack, and a drink. The calculator is especially important.You will NOT be allowed to use your phone.

What does it cost?

It is free. The follow up meeting is also free.

How do I sign up?

Use the library calendar to find the date you want and click on the event to register. The link to the calendar is:

I missed the meeting, how do I get my scores?

Your test booklet will be available for pick up at the reference desk after the last follow up meetings have been held.If you have questions, email Suzann Overton at

Should I take it more than once during the school year?

No. The same test is given throughout the school year. Taking the test multiple times will be very repetitive since all the questions will be the same. You are welcome to return for a new test the following school year.

Can I take it more the once?

Yes, but it is not recommended. We would like to have the space for new students to try the practice test

What grade in school should I be before I take the test?

You can take it as early as 7th grade, but you will not have had all the material that is on the test. It is suggested that you wait until 8th grade or 9th grade to take the test. Keep in mind that the tests are designed to cover materials that students have learned by the 11th grade.

What happens at the follow up meetings?

Students will receive their test booklet, answer sheet, and a score report. There will also be a short presentation to explain the score report and what is an “average” or “good” score, the role of the ACT/SAT in the college application process, and ways that students can improve their scores. There is plenty of time for questions.

Who should come to the follow up meetings?

Parents and students are both invited to attend. However, either may attend without the other.

Can I use my score for a college application?

No! The test is for practice only and is not administered by the ACT or SAT.

How long does the test take?

Students should arrive at the library by 8:45 am. The tests are usually completed by 12:30 pm.

What is the difference between the Practice Test and the Boot Camps?

The Practice Test is free and the Boot Camps are a fee-based class that usually runs multiple days. Boot Camps Both are run by Above Grade Level, a local tutor company. In the Boot Camp classes students will learn overall strategies as well as specific techniques for each section of the test, including timing, question analysis, and educated guessing.