Should You Order A Copy of Your Test Booklet?
An overview of the SAT Question-And-Answer Service (QAS) and ACT Test Information Release Service (TIR)
As the standardized testing season ramps up, we wanted to make sure that families were aware of a few of the services that both the College Board and the ACT offer to give students additional information about their performance. Although this is an added expense, we often encourage families to take advantage of them. The chart below gives a brief summary of the services offered.
What are the benefits of these services?
SAT’s Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) and ACT’s Test Information Release Services (TIR) provide the most benefit to families. Both QAS and TIR provide students with copies of the test booklet as well as itemized score reports that list all of the questions that they answered correctly and those that they missed. Because students receive the complete test booklet, the students can rework all of the questions that answered incorrectly on the test. The SAT also offers the Student Answer Service (SAS). While this service offers the detailed score report that shows which questions the students got right and wrong, it does not provide the test booklet so students cannot review the questions that they missed. It can give students some additional information — in the Reading section did the missed questions group together suggesting that the student struggled with one of the passages; in the Math section did they miss some of the earlier questions possibly suggesting careless errors. However, due to the lack of the test booklet, SAS is not as helpful as QAS.
When can I take advantage of these services?
As indicated in the chart above, QAS is only available for the October, March, and May test dates. TIR is available for the December, April, and June test dates. It’s important to note that you can take advantage of each service when you register for the test, or you can order the service a few months after the test. SAT allows you to order QAS up to five months after the test date. ACT allows you to order TIR up to 3 months after the test date. The College Board provides details on how to order QAS or SAS here. ACT provides details on how to order TIR here.
Should I use these services to determine which test I should take and when I should take it?
We always recommend that students start the process by taking a free proctored practice test for both the SAT and ACT at one of our locations listed here. Our Programs Directors work with families to craft a customized and sensible testing plan – a plan that addresses which tests to take, when to take them, and how to prepare for them. There are many factors that go into building the right test plan, including practice test results, score goals, and scheduling requirements.
If your testing plan includes QAS and TIR test dates, by all means, we encourage you to order the test booklet. As always, we are here to help and we are happy to answer any questions you might have.