Should You Order the Test Booklet (SAT or ACT)?
The short answer is ‘yes’, but be aware that:
- 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),
- 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
- 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.