It’s junior year; the time has come. You have to start considering the college admissions process. A big part of that process is taking the SAT or ACT to apply to college. So the questions loom:
- Which test do you take?
- Should you take both?
- Which one is easier?
Understanding the answers to these questions can make a significant difference in your college admissions process. Here are a few important points to consider:
- All colleges accept both tests. This is great. Having the freedom to submit either test to your college of choice allows you to pick the test that works the best for you.
- You should prep only for the test that suits you best. Most students do better on one test or the other. You can figure out which one is better for you by taking a practice version of the ACT and then comparing it to your PSAT or SAT results. Use our handy comparison tables to compare your results. We can also help you take a practice ACT!
- Each test has a different feel. The ACT is more straightforward, but much more quickly paced. The SAT is slower paced, but wordier and uses more complex vocabulary. The ACT tests all types of math; whereas the SAT focuses primarily on Algebra. The SAT has a math section that does not allow a calculator. The ACT includes a Science Reasoning section which tests data analysis skills more thoroughly than those skills are tested on the SAT. Take one of each and compare your scores. Pick the test that aligns best with your personal style and gives you the highest score.
Use these tips when beginning to formulate your testing plan. Creating a testing strategy helps to maximize your results and remove stress from the process. Woodlands Test Prep can help! Call us today for a free 30-minute consultation on your test prep strategy.
SAT vs ACT: Which one should I take?
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