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06/03/2020 at 08:15PM

ACT or SAT?
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Hi! I've taken the ACT twice before, but currently, I am enrolled in an SAT prep class. I know I have time before I have to take either of these tests, but I was wondering which one I should take? I personally feel more comfortable with the ACT, but only because I've taken it before. I'm also an average math student, I took Geometry this year, but math is definitely a weak point for me. It kinda sucks because I want to go into medicine, but I've been doing the most to focus in class and study efficiently. I am also aiming to get into fairly competitive schools such as Michigan and Johns Hopkins. Is there any advantage of taking one over the other? Do some schools take ACT scores into more consideration than SAT or vice versa? Thank you in advance for your tim

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@qualityketodiet09/23/2020 at 08:46AM

The ACT is all about speed. The content is easier, but the time allowed per question is much shorter. The SAT has harder content but it gives you more time to think on each question. I think they are equal in overall difficulty. The thing that makes the SAT harder is that if you miss a question on the SAT you lose 1/4 of a point from your composite score, whereas on the ACT you don't lose any points for wrong answers.

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06/03/2020 at 08:57PM

Students who submit their ACT scores instead of their SAT scores, or vice versa, have no advantage during the college admission process. Both exams are equally respected and which ever you choose to submit, will not effect your chances of getting in. In essence, the score itself matters, but not which test you take. Whatever test you take and score better on is the one you should submit. Regarding which one you should take, it is entirely up to you, but I HIGHLY suggest you take both, because you may naturally do better than in one, than other. For me personally, I got a 1440 on SAT, I was aiming for a 1500. It wasn't until this year did I start testing for ACT and I consistently scored a 35. Obviously the ACT is the score I will submit. If math is a weak point for you, as it was for me, I found the ACT Math content to be easier, but that is relative and again just depends on you.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@peacefulsloth306/05/2020 at 08:07PM

Wow, congrats on both of your scores! Even if you weren't very happy with your SAT, that's still amazing! (and much better than I could do!) Thank you also for taking the time to give me advice!

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06/05/2020 at 03:17PM

All schools nowadays value the SAT and ACT the same there’s no preference. The difference is the SAT is 50% math, while the ACT is 25%. If you want to study medicine, you still have the science portion to support you in the ACT. If you have a weakness in math, I suggest studying for the ACT because it does not impact your score as much.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@peacefulsloth306/05/2020 at 08:04PM

Thank you so much for the advice!

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06/05/2020 at 07:15PM[edited]

There's no official difference between the ACT/SAT and one is not "better" than the other but usually it comes down to question per time. The ACT has more questions and allots less time per section but the questions are generally less rigorous than on the SAT (at least from what I have heard) and more straightforward. The ACT also has a science section which the SAT does not. IMO you could start by taking a practice SAT and ACT exam under the same conditions to then see which one felt easier/more comfortable and which one you score better on.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@peacefulsloth306/05/2020 at 08:03PM

Hi there, thank you for the awesome answer! I've taken the ACT twice, and improved my score from a 23 to a 27 so far. Hopefully I'll have a higher score once I'm a junior but idk. I've also taken practice SAT's as well as PSAT's, which I definitely didn't do as well on as I had expected, especially on the math test. Thank you again, you've been immensely helpful! Good luck with everything!

@crsgo042206/05/2020 at 08:15PM [edited]

ofc, happy to help!

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06/03/2020 at 11:54PM

Based on what you've said about Math and from what I've experienced on both tests, I think the SAT may be a little bit better for you. My reason is that the ACT tends to suit people who can do math very quickly and accurately. If you feel like you take a while to work through problems, the SAT might be a better choice. The ACT math is easier, but I know people who have had to rush through it and missed more questions than on the SAT. Like the others said you should take both because you can be naturally better at one.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@peacefulsloth306/05/2020 at 08:05PM

Thank you for taking the time to give me advice. From taking both tests, I have definitely been more comfortable with the math on the ACT, and have scored much higher!

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06/03/2020 at 08:45PM

So the only difference between the 2 is how many questions you have per minute to answer but less questions/minute means a bit of a more in-depth question possibly with more steps.

ACT has less questions per minute and midwest schools usually go off the SAT translation to ACT score and the coasts convert ACT to SAT as a rule of thumb but one doesn’t boost your chances they don’t care if you take the sat or act.

I have heard that people score better on one than the other but the main difference is questions per minutes and the subjects test vary in styles.

If you score a 1570 SAT but get a 33 ACT the sat is better

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@peacefulsloth306/05/2020 at 08:06PM

Thank you for the advice!

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09/21/2020 at 06:49AM[edited]

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06/03/2020 at 10:25PM

Hi there! Someone once told me that the SAT portions for English and math are weighed more evenly compared to those for the ACT. According to this person, they said that there is "more English and less math" on the ACT. Personally, I have never taken the ACT, so I can't really judge. However, it seems that you are already comfortable with the ACT and your weaker points are in math. So for you, based on this information, I would suggest you continue practicing for the ACT. (On top of taking your SAT prep class!) You don't know which test really fits in the end until you've taken both. Remember to work hard and also play hard! Good luck on your tests!

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@peacefulsloth306/05/2020 at 08:05PM

Thank you so much for the advice!! Wishing you good luck with your own endeavors!

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09/23/2020 at 08:47AM

The ACT is all about speed. The content is easier, but the time allowed per question is much shorter. The SAT has harder content but it gives you more time to think on each question. I think they are equal in overall difficulty. The thing that makes the SAT harder is that if you miss a question on the SAT you lose 1/4 of a point from your composite score, whereas on the ACT you don't lose any points for wrong answers.

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09/22/2020 at 08:20AM[edited]

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@peacefulsloth309/22/2020 at 11:35AM

Wow, thank you for taking the time to tell your story! I wish you the best of luck with everything!

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09/21/2020 at 10:55AM[edited]

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