The SAT and the ACT are two college standardized tests that colleges often require to help determine admission acceptance. Most colleges prefer one or the other. By the spring semester of your junior year in high school, if you have not already taken one of the tests, you should do so now. You may want to consider taking both of them this March or April in order to see which one better serves your needs and abilities.
The SAT and the ACT tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that’s fair to all students.
As the nation’s most widely used college admission test, the SAT is the first step toward higher education for students of all backgrounds. It’s taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities.
The SAT tests the reading, writing and math skills that you learn in school and that are critical for success in college and beyond. It gives both you and colleges a sense of how you’ll be able to apply the thinking, writing and study skills required for college course work.
Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.
SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests. Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.
Also so please note you may want to save SAT Subject Tests, if needed, for the late spring so that you can benefit from a full year of course content before taking them.
The ACT is a national college admission test that includes the subjects of English, math, reading and science.
The differences between the ACT and the SAT are The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.
These standardized tests are important but your current classes and grades are even more important. Make sure you stay on top of your course work and grades and never allow standardized tests to distract from the priority of your classes.
Some tips in prep for the standardized tests include formal class options, test prep books and online review classes, online tutorials and practice tests. There are so many options available just check some out online and see what works best for you. Remember too if you anticipate testing will be an obstacle to your candidacy, consider investigating schools where testing is optional or flexible.
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