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Who can Answer Explanations help?

Which tests are explained?

How do I get a copy of my test?

Why not a traditional test-prep course?

 

Who can Answer Explanations help?

Answer Explanations can help all students who wish to maximize their scores on the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and PLAN.

If you do not work with a tutor and are instead preparing for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN on your own, Answer Explanations is like having your own private tutor at a fraction of the cost.  The Detailed Study Guides included with any explanation purchase are the result of years of research and arm you with the best strategies to help you succeed.  Combine these with detailed explanations to the problems you have missed on real tests, and you have all the support you need to successfully study for future tests on your own.

If you already work with a tutor to prepare for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN, use Answer Explanations to supplement your studying.  With AnswerExplanations.com, you can study effectively between meetings with your tutor, continuing to make progress on your own between sessions.  Answer Explanations is like having a tutor on call 24 hours a day.

 

Which Tests are Explained?

Answer Explanations strives to provide explanations for all released SAT, ACT, PSAT, and PLAN tests from standard Saturday administrations.

SAT: October, January, May (Saturday administration)

ACT: December, April (Saturday national administration), June

PSAT: October Wednesday administration, October Saturday administration

PLAN: One test is administered per year and is administered on different dates by different schools. The explanations to this test are released at the end of the school year after all students have taken the test.

 

How do I get a copy of my test?

Certain SAT and ACT tests and all PSAT and PLAN tests are released to students who took the tests.  These releases include a test booklet and a list of your answers and the correct answers to all questions.

The SAT releases three tests per year (not counting Sunday testing).  The SAT releases the October, January, and May tests through the Question and Answer Service (QAS).  The SAT also releases the May Sunday administration of the test, but Answer Explanations does not provide explanations for this test.  The QAS can be purchased when you register for a test or up to five months after the test.

The ACT also releases three tests per year (not counting non-Saturday testing).  The ACT releases the December, April (national administration), and June tests through the Test Information Release (TIR).  The ACT also releases the April non-Saturday administration of the test, but Answer Explanations does not provide explanations for this test.  The TIR can be purchased when you register for the test or for up to three months after the test.

The PSAT is released to students by their high schools at no additional cost.  The PSAT is typically released to students in December or early January.  Consult your guidance counselor for further details about when you can expect to get your test back.

The PLAN is also released to students by their high schools at no additional cost.  The PLAN is typically released to students 2-6 weeks after taking the test.  Consult your guidance counselor for further details about when you can expect to get your test back.

 

Why not a traditional test-prep course?

Most test preparation courses create their own replica SAT and ACT tests, and these tests are often not accurate representations of the real tests.  Instead of taking replica practice tests, students should concentrate their preparation efforts on authentic test questions.  Because the questions from real tests that you have actually taken are as authentic as it gets, they are the best possible study resource.  Of course, taking and studying practice tests should be an important component of your test preparation, but you are better off taking practice tests made by the test makers than those made by third-party test-prep companies.  Specifically, the College Board publishes The Official SAT Study Guide, a book of authentic SAT’s, and the ACT publishes The Real ACT Prep Guide, a book of authentic ACT’s.  Use these materials to practice the test taking techniques and strategies found on this site, and review your real tests with our answer explanations, and you should be more than prepared to do your best on test day.