SAT/ACT Information

Should you take the SAT or ACT? Yes.........and No

Here's a link to a great article that summarizes the key factors to consider. Christine Sarikas

Thank you for your interest in our SAT and/or ACT program! We take great pride in helping students achieve their college dreams by improving their performance on these exams. What is difficult for many students and/or parents to understand is that school has done very little to prepare them for these exams. This means that they essentially must learn another subject just to be competitive. Fortunately, that is where we at Lighthouse Tutoring come in. WE CAN HELP!

The goals of our SAT and ACT prep courses are to help your student understand how the test is designed, what the questions are asking, and then learn how to solve the problems with simple, straightforward techniques that work. It sounds simple, but without these techniques, the tests can be confusing and overwhelming. Mastering our tools, your student will become efficient SAT or ACT test takers and a dramatic increase in their score becomes possible. As part of our program, your student will receive:

  1. Up to 2 Full-Length Tests administered at Lighthouse Tutoring taken near the same time and under similar conditions as the actual test.
  2. Individual Breakdown of test results, per question.
  3. 28 Hours of instruction
  4. All Study Materials
  5. Unlimited use of our facility to study (during business hours), if desired.

Why Take Any Test, isn’t it optional now?

Yes……..and no. Many schools have made it optional. But many have not. Some that have made it optional have stipulated that it’s only option for students with above a certain GPA. Some departments within the school still require it, for example, engineering or computer science. And most athletes who plan to play sports or seek scholarships still require one of the tests. So yes, it’s optional, but no, not for everyone.

What are they testing?

Aptitude vs Achievement

The SAT focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understanding that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success. There is a greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact. The ACT, on the other hand, is an achievement test. It is meant to test what you have learned in school. However, this distinction between “aptitude” and “achievement” has become less prevalent since 2016. As the tests have evolved, they have come to look more and more like each other.

Which Test?


Most colleges will accept either test, leaving your student the option, while a select few colleges will accept only the SAT or ACT. Ensure you know which one is required for your college.
Some students score higher on the SAT while others do better on the ACT.