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How do I decide which standardized test (SAT or ACT) is right for me?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior and I'm trying to decide whether to take the SAT or ACT. I know they're both accepted by most colleges, but how do I know which one is a better fit for me? Are there any differences in the content or format that might make one test better suited to my strengths? Thanks for any advice you can offer!

10 months ago

Hey! Great question and it's important to choose the right test for you. Let me help you understand the key differences between the SAT and ACT, which may help you decide which one is better suited to your strengths.

Content-wise, the SAT and ACT are quite similar, but there are some notable differences. The SAT has two main sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (which includes Reading and Writing & Language) and Math. The ACT has four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. So, the ACT has a dedicated Science section, while the SAT does not.

In terms of format, both tests have multiple-choice questions, but the ACT also includes an optional essay, while the SAT has an optional essay and a few grid-in math questions. The SAT tends to have longer reading passages, and the math section is more focused on algebra and data analysis. On the other hand, the ACT covers a wider range of math topics, including geometry and trigonometry.

It's a good idea to take a couple of practice tests (one for each) and see which one you feel more comfortable with. You might find that you naturally score higher on one test or prefer the format or pacing of one over the other. Best of luck!

10 months ago

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