Test Prep Courses
Online SAT and ACT Preparation Courses
College is just around the corner. Are you ready?
Get a competitive edge by learning the key strategies to taking the SAT or ACT exam. During our self-paced online course, you will review required content knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Our Test Prep instructors will also teach you how to pace and budget your time, and cover test-taking techniques that work!
Begin by taking a full-length pretest to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and end with another practice test for a chance to apply what you have learned.
Course Fee: $250 (includes official College Board or ACT prep book)
About our self-paced SAT and ACT online courses:
- Access your course for three months, so you can study on your time
- Review on-demand video lessons and practice materials, all created and taught by our Test Prep instructors
- Ask your instructor questions through our online message board
- Purchase private tutoring sessions to complement your course (please see the private tutoring page for more information)
- Consider registering for our prep course and private tutoring bundle for $350!
Click the button below to register for an SAT or ACT Online Prep Course.
TUSD Scholarships (Fall and Spring Semesters Only)
THINK TANK and TUSD are proud to announce that for the seventh year, prep course scholarships will be available to TUSD students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. If you meet the eligibility, you can receive a full prep course scholarship which includes two private tutoring sessions (up to a $400 value). THINK TANK and TUSD will sponsor the registration! Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only one scholarship per student will be granted. To register, please download this form and have your school counselor, teacher, or administrator complete and email it back to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each course includes full-length pre- and post-tests, instructor-designed student workbook modules, and an official textbook: for the SAT, The Official SAT Study Guide; for the ACT, The Official ACT Prep Guide.
Our SAT and ACT courses are generally designed for students to take the test shortly after the conclusion of the course.
The courses cover all the content required for success on each test, as well as essential test-taking strategies and helpful tips for reasoning skills, analysis and persuasive writing, and writing style.
Yes, you must still take the pre-test even if you have already taken the PSAT. The PSAT is similar but not identical to the SAT, and is unrelated to the ACT. Taking the pre-test will provide valuable information about your current performance and helps us evaluate the needs of our students.
Both the SAT and the ACT are accepted at all four-year colleges. Neither test is objectively easier, but they do differ significantly in content, format, and timing. Many students prefer one to the other, therefore it may be helpful to take practice tests for both the SAT and the ACT.
Below are the general differences between the two tests:
- The SAT emphasizes vocabulary and some of its reading and writing passages are at a higher level than the corresponding passages on the ACT. The SAT contains two math sections, one that permits the use of a calculator and one that does not but does not test as wide a variety of math concepts as the ACT. However, the math section makes up one-half of the total score, whereas the ACT math section score is averaged with three other scored sections of the test to create a total composite score. SAT questions are often presented in complex ways, testing for logical reasoning skills as well as for content knowledge. As a result, timing on the SAT is more generous than timing on the ACT.
- The ACT is more straightforward than the SAT and focuses primarily on content knowledge. The ACT contains only one math section and always permits use of a calculator, but tests a few more advanced math concepts than the SAT. However, more questions can be missed before affecting total scores. In addition to the reading and English sections, the ACT contains a science section that tests reading and reasoning skills and, secondarily, basic scientific literacy. Timing on the ACT is tighter than timing on the SAT.
Yes, there will be homework assigned after every class. You should expect to spend time completing this homework, checking your answers, and analyzing your performance to identify strengths and weaknesses.
The course is made up of several modules. These typically consist of video lessons that cover content and strategy, homework assignments that connect to the videos, and detailed explanations of problems to review. Should questions arise, a discussion board is provided on the site which the instructor checks regularly. For students who would like more structure, there is a suggested schedule for 1-month completion, but all students have up to 3 months to complete the course.