Test Preparation

PTSA’s Test Prep Program can help you achieve your highest SAT or ACT score.

*Students from other schools are welcome!

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Mock Tests

Mock Tests ($23.00): Applerouth only uses tests that have been written by the College Board and ACT, Inc. This means that students’ scores are likely to be very close to what they would receive if they were to take the real exam. *Online registration closes at midnight, the Wednesday before each mock test.

Quander Building, Rooms 437/438 - Enter Door 1 – Check-in opens 30 minutes before test start time. Walk-in registration ($28.00) as space allows.

*Online registration closes at midnight, the Wednesday before each mock test.

SAT & ACT Test Prep Classes

Group classes ($309.00): Students receive a 17.5 hour, structured review of major SAT or ACT concepts and strategies from a tutor trained to deliver content in an interesting way. Test guides & session notes are provided to help simplify the studying process. Additionally, after each mock test, you will receive a detailed results analysis to help you chart your own unique course towards mastering the test.

  • Comprehensive treatment of major strategies

  • Access to Study Guides and Session Notes

  • 3 scheduled Mock Test opportunities

  • 17.5 hours of group tutoring instruction

  • Detailed Results analysis

  • *Online registration closes at midnight, the Tuesday before class starts.

  • Classes are held in Quander Building, Rooms 437/438 - Enter Door 1


WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

Other Resources:

  • WPHS Student Services – Contact your school counselor to discuss options

  • WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, @email

  • Applerouth Tutoring – Experienced tutors are available for questions at 202-558-5644

  • PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff, @email

Top 7 Reasons to Take the ACT

1.       Accepted Everywhere

2.       It’s Concrete. The SAT can be abstract, but the ACT is more straightforward. It’s clear what you’re being asked without the added step of interpreting the question. Whether you’re applying to your local college or an Ivy League school, a school that focuses on STEM or the most artsy of liberal arts, the ACT can get you there. Every college accepts it without prejudice.

3.        No Hunting for Specific Lines There are no multi-step questions in the Reading section. This means you don’t have to spend time hunting for evidence in specific lines.

4.        Less Fatigue The sections of the ACT are short. You don’t have to worry that your focus will fade or that boredom will set in!

5.        Aggressive Guessing Yields High Scores. The ACT is fast paced but you don’t have to be perfect to be impressive. You can guess on select problems and do great.

6.       Word Problems are less wordy! If pulling equations out of narratives sounds like a chore, ACT word problems are simple and the correct operations are more obvious than on the SAT.

7.        Not-So-Mad Scientist - Don’t be afraid of the science section. You don’t need to be a master of the Periodic Table. The questions are based on your ability to move quickly through charts, tables, and graphs.

Test Prep Timing – Plan Now!

Do You Know Your Test Preference?

Most students will show a strong preference for either the SAT or ACT format. This preference usually results in students naturally testing the SAT equivalent of 100 points higher on their preferred test. Sponsored by PTSA, mock tests are offered on campus to help students determine their preferred format and establish baseline test scores – not to mention the benefits of practice. Sophomores can make their junior year less hectic by determining test preference now! Juniors, get a little extra practice!

Set Your Testing Date:

Juniors who participate in extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged to look ahead at their activities schedule to determine the dates they are available to take the official SAT or ACT. Most students take the official tests more than once. Plan ahead and register early for most convenient testing locations!

Decide on Your Test Prep Strategy:

Once the testing date is set, determine your strategy for test prep. Self-directed free resources are available on Blackboard and the official testing sites. For those students who work better in a more structured classroom environment, the PTSA sponsors an on-campus test prep program (through Applerouth Tutoring).

Why Take a Mock SAT or ACT? 

Did you know that 54% of students show a natural increase the second time they take a real test? Use the mock to practice test time management skills – see if you have the ability to apply the content and strategies learned while studying when in an official test environment.  Test your mental endurance.  Earn confidence for the “real thing.”

Increase Your College Choices

Now is the time to find out where you are missing the most points on your SAT or ACT.  Take a mock and use the individualized score report to focus your limited study time.  Report includes suggested “homework” in popular prep books.  

Free Test Prep Resources

1. Number2.com 

2. kaptest.com/sat/free/events

3. prepfactory.com

4. ACT/SAT Websites:  ACT.org for ACT and collegeboard.org for SAT