This or That? SAT vs. ACT

Recorded Tuesday, March 30 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Applying to college is hard, especially if you’re indecisive. With so many choices to make throughout the admissions process, you might find yourself hung up on which of each are best for you. Today, Hale will be presenting our first episode of This or That, where we run through different options you have during the applications cycle and how to best navigate them.

In this episode will be tackling standardized testing; in particular, whether you should take the ACT or SAT. Hale will be walking through the similarities and differences between each test, and which makes the most sense for you based on your academic strengths and trajectory. He’ll also touch on applying test-optional during COVID and how it applies to this topic.

Hale will set some time aside at the end for questions, so drop by with all of your testing-related questions so he can give you personalized advice!

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
30:13@sidney:How many times did you take the exam?
32:18@sidney:How long did you study before you took the exam?
33:24@sidney:What is the best thing about the SAT in your opinion?
34:30@Payita:would you suggest changing from one to the other, if you don't do well despite studying, or instead retry different study methods?
36:00@sidney:Are tests becoming less important for college admissions each year?
38:15@TK:what study material do you recommend for SAT and ACT
39:27@Payita:would you think there will be changes in the exams to go to online versions, for countries in quarantine
40:52@Hari:do the high schools facilitate ACT tests? or most high schools just do SAT
43:41@Payita:Is there one in which international students do better?
44:49@sidney:Do you know someone who got into a great university this year with test test optional policy?
46:14@Payita:With the elimination of the Subject Tests, how much weight will they give to ACT and SAT?
47:34@sidney:Do you think T-20 universities tend to care 'less' for tests than state schools?
49:51@sidney:There are SAT Subject Tests available for international students until July, should I take it?
53:00@sidney:Is SAT 'easier' for students who prefer math?

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