4 years ago
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Should I take both the ACT and SAT?

I'm a sophomore and idk if I should take both the ACT and SAT. Idk where to start and if I should only take one. I was leaning more towards the ACT bcuz I need a calculator but idk.

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4 years ago

The ACT main difference from the SAT is that it has simpler (relatively) but is faster paced. It also has a science section which is essentially basic chemistry biology a tad of physics and a lot of graph/chart reading.

Schools in the American midwest use ACT scores as a baseline so they’d translate your SAT into a ACT. They don’t prefer one over the other. It’s the same for schools on the coast except they translate ACT to SAT.

They may be a few elite school where the average is 32 ACT but the SAT into ACT is a 34. (Find out by googling insert school common data set) I don’t know if any off the top of my head but I remember someone else pointing it out. So if you take both tests and they are same score you may want to specialize in one.

A great resource if available is the Pre ACT and the P SAT. It’s essentially the same test except at your grade level so it’s a good indication.

There’s a few other differences but they are very minor but both have a calculator portion.

Here’s a more in-depth article:


Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!

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