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Do colleges prefer ACT or SAT?

Hey everyone, I'm a junior wondering if colleges have a preference between ACT and SAT scores. Should I focus on one more than the other? What's been your experience with this? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's totally understandable to have questions about which test colleges may prefer. In general, colleges in the United States accept both ACT and SAT scores and don't typically have a preference for one over the other. The key is to choose the test that best suits your strengths and testing style.

For example, the ACT includes a Science section, while the SAT doesn't. On the other hand, the SAT's Math section can be more in-depth than the ACT's. It's a good idea to try a practice test of each to see which format you feel more comfortable with. After that, you can focus on your chosen test and strive for the highest score you can achieve.

In my own experience, my child took both tests to see which suited their skills better, and ultimately chose the SAT because they found the format and question style more to their liking. They were accepted into their top choice college with their SAT score. So remember, it's not really about the preference of colleges, but which test you feel you'll perform better on. Keep working hard, and good luck!

9 months ago

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