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Answers to our most frequently asked questions are below.

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A lot of changes have recently occurred with the ACT & SAT tests. We have outlined our most frequently asked questions and updates. We hope this will better help you and your student with your preparations.


For up-to-date ACT info on our ACT Test Prep page →
For up-to-date SAT info on our SAT Test Prep page →

The House Test Prep Episode 1
ACT:SAT Test Prep Overview
The House Test Prep Episode 2
Course Types


The House Test Prep Episode 3
The House Test Prep Episode 4
Test Optional Colleges


The House Test Prep Episode 5
Which Test to Take?
The House Test Prep EPISODE 6
Judgement Call Zone



The House Test Prep Episode 7
How Do I Prep My Child?



Some colleges on my student’s list are going “test optional.” What does this mean?

This means that some colleges and universities will not require the ACT or SAT to be submitted for admittance. At some schools, this means simply that all students or students with a certain GPA don’t have to submit their scores. Some colleges will still look at test scores if you choose to submit them, won’t hold it against you if you choose not to submit them. It’s always best for a student to have their best test scores available in order to apply to certain programs or colleges at universities. Test scores may also be required for certain scholarships or to pursue degrees down the road.


Should I anticipate that the next ACT/SAT will get canceled?

It’s best to keep your student prepping for the test until an official announcement has been made. The last thing we want is for your student to stop preparing and then realize they will end up taking their test without enough preparation. Adjustments to a schedule can always be made the day an announcement is made.


Where is the best source of information on future cancellations or changes to the ACT or SAT?

We suggest you continue to check this page for all the latest updates to standardized testing. In addition, you may find helpful information at these other sites:

ACT: http://www.act.org/
College Board:


I have a question about my student’s testing that you haven’t answered here. What should I do?

Our Director of Instruction, Rachel Liveris, would be happy to answer any questions you have about standardized testing. Just give us a call at 847-416-4500 or email Rachel directly at rachel@the.house.