Frequently Asked Questions

PSAT

SAT

ACT

Comparison

Private Tutoring

GRE


PSAT

Who sees the PSAT results?

If a student receives a high score ( top 15%), this score will be released to colleges for consideration.

What is a “good” PSAT score?

The qualifying semifinalist score for Texas in 2011 was 219.

The qualifying score changes each year because it is based on the top 1% of students who take the test.

When do students take the PSAT?

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is administered by the College Board for high school students once a year during the fall semester, around the second week of October.

Students may opt to take the PSAT during their freshmen and sophomore years; however, only the junior year PSAT scores count toward National Merit Scholarships.

Why do students take the PSAT?

Juniors are automatically signed up to take the PSAT through their high school’s counselor. Check with your counselor to make sure your student is registered.

The junior year PSAT score is what potentially qualifies your student for National Merit Scholarship.

The PSAT is worth taking seriously for two main reasons: it constitutes a solid practice round for the SAT, and it qualifies high-scoring juniors for the coveted National Merit Scholarship.

How do students become eligible for National Merit Scholarship?

The qualifying test is the PSAT taken in the junior year.

Semi-finalists are students who score in the top 1% of their region.

Students will be notified through their school counselor if they have been selected as semifinalists during their senior year.

To become finalists, students must complete an application process in the fall of of their senior year.

Approximately half of all finalists receive scholarships of some amount.

SAT

When do students take the SAT?

We recommend taking the SAT at least twice. Students can take the SAT at any time, but we recommend taking their first SAT the spring of the junior year. Starting early will ensure that students have ample opportunity to prepare and do their best.

The SAT is offered 7 times a year in: Jan., March, May, June, Oct., Nov., Dec.

There is no limit to the number of times a student can take the SAT. Visit www.collegeboard.org to find dates and locations in your area, or to sign up for the official test

What should I bring to the SAT test?

 

Test Day Checklist
– Your Admission Ticket
– Photo ID – Click here to view acceptable photo IDs.
– Two no. 2 pencils with soft erasers – Do NOT bring mechanical pencils!
– Calculator – Click here to learn about acceptable and unacceptable calculators.
– Layers – We recommend wearing layers of clothing in case the room gets cold or warm.
– Watch – Make sure your watch does NOT have an audible alarm!
– Snack – There will be a break, so feel free to bring a small snack and some water.

– CD Player – for SAT Subject Tests ONLY

What NOT to Bring
– Cell phones – Click here to learn more about the SAT test Cell Phone Policy
– BlackBerrys
– PDAs
– iPods and iPads
– MP3 players
– Laptops, notebooks, tablets or any other personal computing device
– Pagers
– Timers of any type
– Cameras or other photographic equipment
– Any device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content

What are the SAT classes like?

Our classroom programs typically consist of nine 2-hour classroom sessions, covering every type of question students will encounter on the test. For those who would benefit from additional instruction, free group tutorials are available.

What is an SAT Subject Test?

SAT Subject Tests are 1-hour tests used to determine a student’s mastery of a certain academic subject area.

SAT Subject Tests include: English, History, Mathematics, Science, and Foreign Languages.

Who needs to take an SAT Subject Test?

Some schools require these tests as part of the general admissions process. Other schools require them only for certain programs (for example: engineering). Be sure to determine if the schools you are looking at require these tests.

When are SAT Subject Tests given?

SAT subject tests are held on the same Saturday mornings as the SAT reasoning tests. A student may not take both an SAT reasoning test and an SAT subject tests on the same Saturday. However, up to three Subject Tests may be taken on the same Saturday.

What is a “Super Score?”

Some colleges have begun accepting what is called a “Super Score.” This is a combination of the highest scores from each section of a student’s SAT tests.

How do I register for the SAT?

To register for the SAT visit College Board.

More Than a Teacher cannot register you for the official SAT.

What should I do if I miss my SAT registration deadline?

If students miss an SAT registration deadline, there is a late registration deadline available for an additional fee. Click here to view all registration deadlines.

Those who miss the late registration deadline can request wait list testing. To view SAT wait list requirements and paperwork click here.

What is a “good” SAT score?

An average score, nationally and in Texas, is about 1500. However, most competitive schools require significantly higher scores. In general, it’s best to check with each school to which your student is applying to verify its score requirements. Please visit the official SAT website to learn more!

ACT

How do I register for the ACT?

To register for the ACT, visit www.actstudent.org.

More Than a Teacher cannot register you for the official ACT.

What should I do if I miss my ACT registration deadline?

If you miss your ACT registration deadline, there is a late registration deadline available for an additional fee. Click here to view all registration deadlines.

If you miss the late registration deadline, you can request standby testing. To view ACT standby requirements and paperwork click here.

When do students take the ACT?

We recommend taking the ACT at least twice. Students can take the ACT at any time, but we recommend taking their first ACT the spring of the junior year. Starting early will ensure students have ample opportunity to prepare and do their best.

The ACT is offered 6 times a year in: Feb., April, June, Sept., Oct., Dec.

There is no limit to the number of times a student can take the ACT. Visit www.act.org for ACT to find dates and locations in your area or sign up for the official test.

How can I make sure colleges receive the higher test score?

Both the SAT and ACT offer “score choice.” This service makes it possible to select and send the highest overall score from one test sitting. Find out more about score choice at College Board.

If a student opts to send “4 scores for free,” schools will receive all scores each time a student tests.

What are the ACT classes like?

Our classroom program typically consists of six, 2-hour classroom sessions, which cover all facets of the ACT and include  full-length practice tests produced by the ACT test makers. The standard cost of the program is $499.

What is a “good” ACT score?

An average score, nationally and in Texas, is about 21. However, it’s best to check with each school to which your student is applying to verify its score requirements. Please visit the official ACT website to learn more!

Comparison

What is the difference between the PSAT and the SAT?

There are a few important differences between the PSAT and the SAT. The PSAT is by far the shorter test, completed in a brisk 2 hours and 30 minutes, including breaks. Unlike the SAT, the PSAT does not include an essay section or higher-level math concepts from Algebra II and Pre-Calculus.

What is the difference between the SAT and ACT?

The SAT and ACT are markedly different tests. The content covered is different, as are the methods used to score the tests. Because the tests themselves differ, the strategies employed are also very different, even contradicting one another in some areas.

PSAT/SAT/ACT: How do they relate?

 Test Comparison ChartTest Comparison Chart

 

Do I have to take both the SAT and ACT for college admission?

No!

Do ALL colleges accept either test?

Yes, but check with your school to make sure they don’t have a preference one way or the other. Most don’t, but it’s always best to check with the school if you are unsure.

How do I know which test my student should take?

Take a practice test! Practice tests will give an accurate assessment of how well your student will perform on a given test. Take advantage of our FREE, complete, proctored practice tests to help determine which test is right for you.

Private Tutoring

Do you offer private tutoring?

We offer private tutoring in addition to all of our classroom programs, PSAT/SAT and ACT. In private tutoring, students can take the full course privately or supplement their work in the classroom program. This is an appealing option for students with very full schedules and/or specific learning needs. Your student will learn from the same quality teachers who teach our classroom programs!

We also offer private academic tutoring in most high school subjects, AP tests, and most SAT Subject Tests.

GRE

What materials do you use?

We provide you with both our own manual and a copy of the Official GRE Guide. These materials are included in the cost of the course. The manual we have developed includes test taking strategies, review of GRE content, and a series of quizzes and homework questions to improve your performance. We utilize the official GRE guide for further homework questions and practice tests. The Official GRE Guide will provide you exposure to actual GRE questions rather than approximations.

How do I register for the GRE?

To register for the GRE, visit ETS. More Than a Teacher cannot register you for the official GRE.

What is a “good” GRE score?

An average score is about 151 for both Verbal and Math, though the average Math score is slightly higher. It’s best to check with each school to which you are applying to verify its score requirements. Please visit the official ETS website to learn more!

Do we use any online practice?

At this time, we do not have any online practice tests or quizzes. However, we are currently developing online resources, which will be available to all of our students in the future. Please check our site in upcoming months for updates.

What if I change my test date or want to test again?

More Than A Teacher understands that life can get in the way. Sometimes a planned test date doesn’t work, you get sick on the day of your test, or you simply didn’t get the score you wanted. Given these realities, any student who takes one of our full courses is welcome to return at any time. As a return student, you may want to simply review the material, or perhaps spend a little more time on that one section you didn’t quite get. Just give us a call if you have already taken one of our courses and want to sit in on another, and we’ll help you find the best schedule we have available. We want to help you get the score you need, even if it takes a little extra time.

What makes your GRE prep better than your competitors’?

The real difference comes down to our teachers. Our teachers are the best in the industry! We don’t just hire people who ace the tests — our teachers are experienced educators skilled at breaking down the material in an accessible way, while still creating an upbeat learning environment. Better teachers mean better results.