If you are planning to take the SAT in January, May, or October, you may find it helpful to order the specialized score verification service called the Question and Answer Service (QAS). The QAS is only available for the May test for those students taking the SAT outside of the United States and Canada. It is also not available to military personnel using DANTES.
The QAS is beneficial to students planning to take the SAT again because it includes the actual questions from the test you took. While these questions will not appear again on future SAT’s, knowing what questions you missed will help you analyze your results. You can look for timing issues, careless errors, misread questions and more when you see the actual questions in front of you.
If you are planning to use the results as part of your preparation for future SAT’s leave plenty of time to get the results of your Question and Answer Service before registering for the next test. It generally takes 6-8 weeks after the testing date for materials to be mailed when you request the service at registration. When you request the service at a later time, it will take at least 3-4 weeks from the date you ordered or 6-8 weeks after the test date, whichever is later. If you are planning to take the March SAT, getting January results in time to analyze them thoroughly may not be possible.
The Question Answer Service (QAS) can be ordered for $18.00 at the time of this posting either while registering or up to five months after taking the test.
For more information on the Question Answer Service, go to College Board QAS or contact The Right Path.
There are a few reasons to choose send your SAT score reports during the registration process. Here are the most important:
- During registration you can choose to send your score reports to up to four colleges with no additional fees charged.
- Colleges will get your SAT score reports faster if you choose to send them from the registration site. This is especially important for seniors facing deadlines.
- Colleges that receive score reports fastest may take those candidates more seriously by assuming the candidates place those schools among their top choices.
You can always return to your account in the My SAT section of the College Board website to have SAT scores sent to colleges you choose, but there are additional fees required to send any score reports after registration (again, fee-waiver students may be eligible to avoid additional fees).
Also, be aware that processing time required by the institutions requesting score reports varies so be sure to contact the schools and be certain your score reports will be received and processed before deadlines.
Are you looking for extra SAT practice questions, but don’t have a lot of time to sit down and take an entire test? The SAT Question of the Day may be just what you’re looking for.
What is the Question of the Day?
The Question of the Day is a question that can be taken from any one of the three main SAT subject areas tested: critical reading, writing, or math. The purpose of the question of the day is to provide quick, daily test review. Because of this, the question of the day tests only those questions that do not require extensive reading. Questions presented in the question of the day are the sentence completion questions from the critical reading section, the sentence improvement and error identification questions from the writing section, or any of the math questions.
How Can I Access the Question of the Day?
The Question of the Day can be reached through the College Board website or the link below free of charge. Once on the College Board website, students can choose to do the question or have the question delivered via email. Additionally, students who choose to sign in prior to answering the question can keep track of their scores and note how they are doing compared to other students who have also taken that question.
When Should I sign Up for the Question of the Day?
The question of the day is a very brief lesson meant to be used over a long period of time rather than to help a week before the test. Because of this, one should sign up for it as early as possible upon entering high school. In fact, if a middle school student is interested in taking the SAT for possible placement into gifted classes or for other reasons, the question of the day may be a good way to get a look at the test questions without the stress of long study periods.
In addition, the College Board often offers hints after incorrect answers and to those who need them. Reviewing these hints can help build strategies for those willing to study them.
College Board’s Question of the Day
Mercer University is one of many that uses SAt scores as part of its admissions process. More than 75% of Mercer students score above average on the SAT.
What is The College Board?
As a not-for-profit membership association representing more than 5,900 colleges, universities and schools, the College Board leads national and international efforts to improve access to and readiness for higher education.
via Who We Serve – College Board.
The College Board is not just about standardized testing and test prep. It is a nonprofit agency that has been assisting students in their college searches for over 100 years. Today it is best known for its college admissions test, the SAT, which is used by most four year schools in the college admission’s process.
Did You Know This About the College Board?
- The College Board assist students from middle school through college graduation as well as the counselors who work with those students.
- The College Board works with approximately 7 million students. Most of these students are located in the United States, but international students may also choose to take the SAT if they decided to attend an American university.
- Approximately 23,000 high schools and 3,800 colleges use the College Board’s services.
- More than 1/2 of the public high schools in the United States are in contact with the College Board regarding the PSAT/NMSQT alone.
- Over 3,000,000 SAT exams were administered in 2010.
- Minorities taking the SAT has gone up 78% in recent years.
For more information, check out the College Board’s website.