Testing Policy

We at A-List have put our years of expertise into developing proprietary materials, which offer a wellspring of tips and analysis that gives students everything they need to understand the nature of the test and to conquer all its tricks and traps.

However, we also realize these explanations aren’t enough; to truly improve, students must practice our strategies and techniques on real test questions. In order to simulate the real test as closely as possible, we only give practice problems supplied by the respective tests’ creators themselves (such as the College Board, the maker of the SAT).

This practice can come in the form of homework problems assigned by your tutor, or full-length proctored tests we offer (on average) every two weeks. For the most recent locations, dates, and times, please visit our Practice Tests webpage.

Here is an outline of what you’ll need:


PSAT

Students will take the PSAT in October of their Junior year. The PSAT is essentially just a shorter version of the SAT, comprised of just two Math sections, two Reading sections, and one Writing section (without the essay). All the material tested on the PSAT will also appear on the SAT, so it’s a good way to get started before moving on to the full-length SAT.

As students entering junior year start working with A-List, they will spend most of their time going through The Book of Knowledge , in order to learn our methods for the test. Once they do want to start taking practice tests, we offer actual past PSATs (purchased directly from the College Board) at proctoring sessions at no charge.

Each student is responsible for bringing his or her own test to the testing location; there will be no extra PSATs at the test site. Please make sure to coordinate your testing schedule with your tutor.


SAT

After students take the actual PSAT, they can begin to focus on the actual SAT. Students are expected to purchase these materials on their own for use in the practice tests. The College Board offers two sources of material:

To be eligible to take these tests, you must provide A-List with proof that you are enrolled in the Online Course. When you sign up for the Online Course, you will receive two confirmation emails from the College Board, either one of which is sufficient proof. You may give your tutor a print out of one of the emails, fax one to the A-List Office at (212) 661-0487, or forward one to info@alisteducation.comIf you do not provide proof of enrollment, you may not use the Web Tests. 

Whether using a Blue Book test or Web Test, each student is responsible for bringing his or her own test to the testing location; there will be no extra SATs at the test site. Please make sure to coordinate your testing schedule with your tutor.


ACT

Many students now will also take the ACT. There is one source of material for the test.

  • The Real ACT Prep Guide (“The Red Book”) This is a book published by the ACT Inc. containing 3 practice ACT’s with answer keys, as well as some explanatory information about the test as a whole. The list price for the book is $25.

Each student is responsible for bringing his or her own test to the testing location; there will be no extra ACTs at the test site. Please make sure to coordinate your testing schedule with your tutor.


GRADUATE TESTS: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, AND MCAT

Each Graduate Test comes with its official companion book and practice tests which we will use. Please check with your tutor about the testing schedule for each Graduate Test.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 646-889-1613.