So first off when deciding whether to take the ACT or the SAT, it's important to note that since 2007 every college in the country accepts both the ACT and the SAT exam for admissions.
This means that students no longer have a college-motivated reason to take one exam over the other, but instead should take whichever exam they perform better on.
How do you determine that? Well we'll talk you through that, but first let's take a look at the basic structure of each test:
Though the best approach is to take a full-length practice test for both exams at home and compare percentile rankings, here are some broad generalizations:
My recommendation is for students to print out a paper copy of both tests (ACT sample test is available here and an SAT sample test is available here) and take a practice test at home under timed conditions for both the ACT and the SAT, score both exams and compare the scores using this comparison chart.
Once you have decided on a test, have your teen spend all of their test prep efforts working towards that one exam. Generally, I recommend all students planning on taking the ACT or SAT 3-4 times, with active preparation going in before each exam (check out our article on when to take the ACT here). You can check out our FREE ACT Prep Guide here, we also have an online ACT Prep Course and an SAT Prep Course.
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