Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the SAT?
TP4S can prepare you for the SAT, but we can’t register for you. You will need to go to the College Board’s website (link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register) and create a username and password. You can then search for the test closest to you, register to take it, and check your scores, and share them with colleges all with the same password.
How do I register for the ACT?
TP4S can prepare you for the ACT, but we can’t register for you. You will need to go to the official ACT website (link: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html) and create a username and password. You can then search for the test closest to you, register to take it, check your scores, and share them with colleges all with the same password.
What should I do the morning of the test?
Wake up early enough that you have some extra time to get ready. Dress in comfortable layers. Be prepared for any temperature, even if you are familiar with the testing location. Eat a healthy breakfast without overloading on caffeine or sugar. There is no need to study on Saturday morning, but you should do a warm-up activity, such as a trying few math problems or reviewing some vocabulary. If you’ve prepared strategy scripts, now is the time to review them. Most of all, relax and remind yourself that you studied hard for this test and you deserve a great score.
Is the week of the test too late to study
It’s really best to give yourself a few months to build up your math, reading, and English skills, but there are definitely things you can do this week to improve your score. The most important is to do timed drills so that your pacing is spot on when you take the test on Saturday.
What is the best way to study on the week of the test?
You can use this suggested study schedule as a starting point for making your own plan. The most important thing is that you do something – even if it’s just 10-15 minutes – every night. This will maximize your chances of performing at your best on Saturday morning.

Monday – Essay – Review the comments your teacher or tutor gave you on your last few essays and “The List” of persuasive literary elements. If you haven’t read any sample essays that received high scores, now is the time to do it!

Tuesday – Math Section – Complete and check a no calculator section from the Official Guide.

Wednesday – Reading Section – Complete and check a few passages from the Official Guide. Give yourself 13 minutes per passage.

Thursday – Writing Section – Complete and check a few passages from the Official Guide. Give yourself 9 minutes per passage.

What is a “Strategy Script”?
A strategy script is a short message for each section of the SAT that reminds you of the most important techniques you learned at TP4S. It can also include a supportive or claiming message to help with anxiety. Mentally repeating the script before each section of the test will take your mind off of worry and panic and put it where it belongs – on your SAT strategy.

You can use the following strategy scripts or use them as a starting point for writing your own.

Reading: Stop and summarize every paragraph. Find the answers in the passage and predict if you can. Don’t fall for out of scope choices.

Writing: Check punctuation, ask questions, and find the “just right” topic.

Math: Start at the beginning, skip ahead to grid-ins when I need to. Unpack and match. Look for ways to solve backwards or pick numbers.

Essay: Cite evidence six times and pick from The List. Use the best words I know and combine short sentences.

What should I do the night before the test?
No studying! Give yourself the night off and have some fun. Do something active so you sleep well and make sure to go to bed early enough that you get 8 hours of sleep. Do take the time to make sure you are packed for the morning.
What should I bring with me to the test?
  • Admission Ticket and ID
  • Several sharp #2 pencils (not mechanical) with good erasers
  • Calculator (some people bring both a scientific and a graphing calculator)
  • Watch
  • Snack and drink
  • Tissues
  • Sweatshirt
Is there anything I shouldn’t bring?
Yes, you should leave your cell phone at home or in the car. There are some proctors who will confiscate your cell phone if you bring it in the building, which can cause you to worry about whether you’ll get it back, distracting you from the task at hand. Additionally, you shouldn’t bring a watch that beeps or anything else that might make noise during the test.tshirt
What should I do on Saturday morning?
Wake up early enough that you have some extra time to get ready. Dress in comfortable layers. Be prepared for any temperature, even if you are familiar with the testing location. Eat a healthy breakfast without overloading on caffeine or sugar.

There is no need to study on Saturday morning, but you should do a warm-up activity, such as a trying few math problems or reviewing some vocabulary. Look at the strategy scripts and “The List” for the essay one more time.

When you get to the testing center, leave your cell phone in the car. It’s possible that the proctor will confiscate it if you have it on your person.

During the test:
Don’t let yourself get rattled by any surprises. If you struggle with to nervousness make sure to use your simple, personalized strategy for dealing with anxiety, such as a breathing exercise or positive visualization.

Mentally say the strategy script at the beginning of each section. Remember that it gets more difficult to maintain your mental discipline once you’ve been testing for a while, so pace yourself and give it your best work for the whole time.

Use your breaks wisely. Visit the restroom, have your snack, and do some stretching. You might not feel like you have to get out of your seat when it’s time for the break, but you might regret it 20 minutes later! Remember your blood sugar level will start to decrease, and with it your ability to focus, before you feel hungry, so don’t skip your snack.

Give yourself credit. You worked hard to get ready and you deserve a great score.

After the test:
Reward yourself! That was a mental marathon and you deserve the rest of the day off. In about two weeks you can log on to collegeboard.org to get your scores. Don’t forget to let your tutor know how you did.
Recommended Websites and Apps

Vocabulary Apps:
Magoosh
The Ultimate Vocabulary Prep
VocabSmith
Knudge.me
Wordstock Vocabulary Guide
VocabMagik
VocabPrep
Vocabulary Builder with Pronunciations
Volt
Vocabulary Builder
Quizzative by Merriam-Webster
Daily Practice for the SAT by the College Board 

Vocabulary Websites:
Quizlet.com
Tyrannosaurusprep.com
Vocabulary.com
Majortests.com
strutor.com/gre-gmat-cat-preparation/
Pixnary.com

Grammar website:
Noredink.com

Math Website:
Khan Academy