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SAT or ACT: Which test should I focus on?

Hey guys! I'm a little bit stressed cause I'm not sure whether I should take the SAT or the ACT. I've taken some practice tests for both, and my scores seem to be pretty similar. which test do you think colleges would prefer? Any tips for deciding between the two?

6 months ago

Hey there! I understand it can be confusing to decide between the SAT and ACT. The good news is that colleges don't typically have a preference for either test nowadays, so it's really up to you to choose the one you're most comfortable with. Since your scores are similar on both tests, I'd recommend considering some key differences between the two to help you make your decision:

1. Test Format: The SAT consists of an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and a Math section, whereas the ACT has English, Math, Reading, and Science sections. The ACT also has an optional Writing section. Consider which format you prefer and what type of questions you feel more comfortable answering.

2. Timing: The ACT tends to have more questions in a shorter amount of time compared to the SAT, so pacing is crucial for ACT. If you find that time management is challenging, you might prefer the pace of the SAT.

3. Science: The ACT has a Science section, while the SAT doesn't. The ACT Science section isn't about specific science knowledge but rather about interpreting graphs and data. If you enjoy this type of analysis, the ACT might be a better fit.

4. Math: The Math section on the SAT is worth 50% of your total score, while the ACT Math section is worth only 25% of your total score. If you're stronger in math or find it an area for improvement, consider how this might impact your choice.

5. Super-scoring: Some colleges super-score, meaning they'll take the highest section scores from multiple test dates and create a "super-scored" composite. Keep in mind that not all colleges super-score both the SAT and ACT, so if you plan to retake either test, it might be worth researching the schools you're interested in to see which one they prefer for super-scoring.

Ultimately, you should choose the test that you feel most comfortable with and best suits your testing preferences. Best of luck!

6 months ago

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