Did you know that most colleges do not have a preference which test (SAT or ACT) that a student submits? Did you know that some students will do considerably better on the ACT than the SAT?
Some colleges have chosen to be test optional which means a student does not have to submit their scores to be considered for acceptance. This can benefit a student who has a strong grade point average but does not do well on tests. Here’s a link to see the list of colleges who are test optional http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional
If your student chooses a college that requires the SAT or ACT here are some of the differences between the two tests.
- The SAT is 3 hours, with a 50 minute optional writing section and the ACT is 2 hours, 55 minutes with a 40 minute option writing section.
- The ACT highest score is 36 and the SAT highest score is 1600
- The SAT has 2 sections (Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math with an optional writing section) and the ACT has 4 sections (Reading, Math, English, Science & and optional writing section)
- The new SAT does not take points off for incorrect answers – just like the ACT
- The ACT has a science section and the SAT doesn’t.
- The new SAT and current ACT includes advanced math concept questions—algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Students may not feel the ACT math is harder though, because questions are worded in a direct manner.
- The SAT & ACT have optional writing tests, but is required by many schools.
If you want to know which test your student will do better on, call us at 845-605-1100 x1 and ask us about our diagnostic test. This is a 3 hour test of which the results lets the student know which test they would do better on (SAT or ACT).