SAT and ACT Test Prep in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Preparing for a test can be intimidating and frustrating for students at any age or educational level. Many colleges no longer require the SAT or ACT, however, a good or excellent score will be an advantage in getting accepted at many schools.  Most high school students receive some form of test preparation.

Which to Choose? SAT vs. ACT:

The Digital SAT

The SAT will go from paper to digital beginning in March, 2024. Here are some key changes for the new digital version.

Length will be Shorter

The current SAT is 3 hours and 20 minutes with 154 questions. The digital SAT will be 2 hours and 14 minutes with 98 questions. There will also be more time to complete each question.

Test is Adaptive

The digital SAT will have 2 modules for reading/writing and 2 modules for math. Students can move around within each module. There will be 2 versions of the 2nd module, one easy/medium and the other medium/difficult. The student’s results on the first module will determine which 2nd module they will take. Also, questions will be assigned different weights depending on difficulty.

Timer is Included

Student can turn off timer if desired.

Taking Notes: Students can highlight sections and strike out wrong answers.

Reading Section Changes

The reading section will go from 750-word essays to fewer than 100-word essays. There will be fewer historically important documents and more poetry. There will be more reasoning.

Vocabulary Changes

There will be sentence completion questions.

Math Changes

The questions will be less wordy. There will be a built-in online calculator called Desmos. (Students can become familiar with this free online calculator right now.) Formulas will be available.

Preparing for the Digital SAT

Every student will need to download the College Board Bluebook App, which will include test previews and four free full practice tests. Private tutors and classes can provide extra assistance to develop test taking strategies and remediate weak academic areas.

Paper SAT will still be available for students who qualify.  This version will not be adaptive.

College Board SAT Exam Schedule

March 9 – Register Feb. 23

May 4 – Register April 19

June 1 – Register May 16

The ACT:

The ACT continues to be on paper.

  • There are four sections: Reading, Writing, Science, and Math. A calculator is permitted for the math section.
  • Requires you to know math formulas.
  • Has no penalty for incorrect answers.
  • Tests vocabulary only through reading comprehension.
  • Each section is scored 1-36. The total score is an average of the four scores. Some colleges super-score, using the highest score from each section, from multiple tests.
  • The essay writing section is optional.

ACT Exam Schedule

February 10 – Register Jan. 5

April 13 – Register March 8

June 8 – Register May 3

July 13 – Register June 7

Which Exam Should I Take?

  • Do you prefer paper or digital?
  • Would you like to try something new or take a test that has been the same for many years?
  • Would you prefer a shorter test (the digital SAT)?
  • Would you prefer an adaptive test (the digital SAT)?
  • Would you like to have more time to complete each problem (the digital SAT)?
  • If you aren’t sure, take a full practice digital SAT and full practice ACT, and compare your comfort level and scores.

The Right Time to Prepare

Much of the stress that comes from taking the ACT or SAT comes from feeling unprepared, which is why beginning preparation as early as possible can help to alleviate some tension. Students should prepare for either exam for at least six to eight weeks and should take two to three tests to get the best results. Many of our students begin preparing twelve weeks in advance or earlier.

Is there a Guarantee?

Tutoring For Success always guarantees a qualified tutor. However, because of the unique learning styles, educational levels, studying schedules, and life circumstances of each student, we can’t guarantee specific results and score improvements. We strive to give students the right tools, mindset, and focus to push their score potential as far as it can go, without adding any more stress to their lives than they’re already facing. We’ve seen many students who have experienced remarkable success in both the ACT and SAT.

We Serve the Following Washington, D.C. Metro Areas:

Washington, DC


  • Northern Virginia
  • Alexandria
  • Arlington
  • Fairfax County, including Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, McLean, Oakton, Burke, Reston, Springfield, Vienna, Great Falls, and Lorton
  • Loudon County, which includes Ashburn, Leesburg, and Sterling
  • Prince William County, including Manassas, Woodbridge, and Gainesville


  • Suburban Maryland
  • Montgomery County, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Olney, Gaithersburg, North Potomac, and Germantown.

To get accepted into a college of choice, it is imperative for students to strive to attain the highest scores possible. One-to-one assistance is the best way to target each student’s specific areas that need improvement. Contact us for more information on SAT and ACT Test Prep.