a year ago

Study for SAT/ACT

I am going to be a junior this fall and I have to prepare for my SAT. I've seen a bunch of advice on taking the SAT and studying advice. I'd like to get some more on them and also if I should take the ACT with the SAT or study for them differently and take them separately.

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11 months ago

I personally would choose one or the other. Studying for both on top of your classes and extracurriculars is not going to yield the results you want. Another thing to consider is the date you choose to take your exams. If you are just beginning to study now, pick a date at least six months in advance, maybe more if you are doing both.

Both tests are also very different. If you prefer a test with more straightforward questions and a science section but having less time, the ACT is the way to go. Alternatively, if science sounds terrifying to you and want more time at the expense of confusing questions and a no calculator math section, the SAT is worth your time. Neither is considered better or worse.

At the end of the day, it isn't worth taking both in the first place. Many colleges are test optional, and its better to worry about keeping grades up. You're likely to pick only the better test anyway, and your time can be better spent improving your app in other ways.


a year ago

The ACT and SAT have different formats and content. While there is some overlap in topics, they are distinct exams. If you feel confident in your ability to prepare for and take both exams at the same time, you may choose to do so. However, if you find one test format more appealing or feel more comfortable with certain subjects, you may want to focus on that specific exam.

Simultaneously Studying for the ACT and SAT can be time-consuming. If you have limited time or feel overwhelmed by preparing for two exams simultaneously, studying for and taking them separately may be better.

Consider your area's test date options and availability. If the test dates for both exams align and are convenient for you, taking them together may be feasible. However, if the test dates clash or you have limited availability, it may be better to focus on one exam at a time.

Ultimately, it is important to assess your own strengths, weaknesses, and time constraints. If you feel confident in your ability to manage to study for both exams simultaneously, you may choose to do so. However, if you would prefer to concentrate on one at a time to maximize your performance, studying for them separately might be a better option.


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