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07/25/2020 at 03:13PM

ACT/SAT question

I will be taking SAT/ACT this fall-

Based on few practice tests- I am scoring around the same if I convert. Avg- ACT-33 and SAT-1480+. Should I just focus on one or do both tests?

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3 answers

07/26/2020 at 05:19AM

Since you have equivalent scores, focus on the one format that you feel most comfortable with.

If it is the ACT, keep in mind you get a .50 point bump on the composite score versus the SAT which gives you NO bump.

What I mean is that you get a 33.50 or 33.75 by averaging all 4 test scores Eng/Math/Reading/Science your composite is bumped up to a 34 correct? (But you don't get rewarded for a 33.25, in that case it rounds down).

Therefore you have a greater chance of getting a higher composite by taking the ACT more than 1 time. After the 1st time, find out what your weakest areas are, say Math or Science, and focus on those because that will help you out the most in getting to the next bracket score. So even if you got a 33 both times, you can still end up with a 34 super score.

Personally it's much harder to game the SAT since each test is curved and you won't know how to plan for that exactly. So you might get a 1450 1st time, then a 1360, or a 1520, it's more unpredicable.

07/25/2020 at 03:39PM

You should only take one exam since you only submit one to colleges. Studying for both isn’t a waste of time since they’re so similar but it’s not a good use of your time cause you should focus intensely on one. I’d focus on SAT cause your score of a 1480+ is a bit higher than a 33 (1450-1480) but it’s a personal choice.

07/25/2020 at 03:28PM

Focus on one. I'd suggest the test that you feel more comfortable with. For example, I was more comfortable with the SAT, so I focused on that and took two attempts. I also took the ACT, but it felt less comfortable and more fast-paced. On the SAT I could check my work multiple times. Think about those kinds of pros and cons.

Now still, focus on one so you can dedicate your time to that singular test. If you focus on the ACT, you could bring it up to around a 35+ with focused practice, and on the SAT, around a 1550+.

So yeah, go for the one you feel better about.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@hraj07/25/2020 at 04:14PM

Thank you. I think I can get ACT up a little as it is more straightforward questions if I work on timing and practice more. Is there any books you can suggest specially for Math as that is my weak spot than other sections.

@adri07/25/2020 at 08:34PM

I'd suggest getting the ACT Black Book (that helped get me from a 27 to a 34)... it has good tricks that you can use on each section. Also I'd use the supertutortv "Best ACT Math Prepbook" it really does help.