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Should You Order the Test Booklet (SAT or ACT)?

The short answer is ‘yes’, but be aware that:

  1. the questions and answers are only available for certain SAT and ACT test dates*, (ACT mails you a booklet, The College Board provides them online),
  2. you have to order these “products” as part of your registration for the test or within the pre-defined window of time following the test date. These are specified by the testing companies on their websites, and
  3. you have to pay for them.

*On the test dates for which the College Board does not offer the booklet containing SAT questions and answers, they offer another option called the Student Answer Service, which is not as helpful (see chart below).

The College Board Question and Answer Service, or QAS, is the product for the SAT. The SAT QAS service is delivered online along with your score report. ACT calls theirs the Test Information Release Service, or TIR, and sends them by mail. These test booklets are helpful tools that give students additional insight into their performance.

As part of a test prep program, students can rework all of the questions they answered incorrectly on the test. Although this is an added expense, we encourage students whose testing plans include these dates to take advantage of the QAS or TIR service.

The chart below compares the offerings from the College Board and ACT.

An overview of the SAT Question-And-Answer Service (QAS) and ACT Test Information Release Service (TIR)

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  • HW

    College Board offers QAS online now, which means students have access to the information a lot sooner (when scores are released). If students haven’t pre-ordered the QAS (or the SAS), they can do so online right from a student’s account. From what I’ve seen, students don’t typically get a hard copy of the test book anymore (which is too bad), but getting all the detailed information quickly is more important. I hope ACT joins in soon and offers the TIR online as well!

    • Karen Guetersloh

      Thank you, HW!


    This is excellent information supplemented with generous publications offering valuable guidance to families and students, not to mention IEC’s as well! Kudos to the author and grateful thanks to the management of Summit Education for making us all look and perform better.

  • Linda Libert

    Now this is “news I can use!” It’s difficult to find this information on the testmakers’ websites if you don’t know what these services are called. Now I have a user-friendly at-a-glance table of info & links to share directly with families. Thanks!

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