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Do all colleges require the ACT?

Hi guys, I'm currently a junior planning to take the SAT, but I'm also considering taking the ACT. I wanted to know if taking the ACT is mandatory for all colleges, or if there are some that only require the SAT. Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated!

6 months ago

Hi! It's important to note that not all colleges require the ACT specifically. Colleges typically accept both the SAT and the ACT, and many universities in the U.S. have adopted test-optional or test-blind policies, meaning you may not be required to submit standardized test scores at all, or they won't be considered in the admissions process. The best course of action is to research the standardized testing requirements for the specific schools you're interested in.

However, it can be beneficial to take both the SAT and ACT if you want the flexibility to choose which test you performed better on and feel represents your abilities most accurately. These tests have different structures, and some students naturally perform better on one over the other. To help determine which exam might be a better fit for you, you could try taking practice tests for both the SAT and ACT. Whichever test you feel more comfortable with, focus on preparing for that one.

In summary, taking the ACT is not mandatory for all colleges, and it's crucial to research the testing requirements of the schools you're targeting. Both SAT and ACT scores are generally accepted, so it's up to you to decide if you want to take both or focus on one. Good luck with your standardized testing journey!

6 months ago

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