A recent article in the New York Times lays out a great case of why more students are taking both the ACT and the SAT. Check it out here.
Nowadays, colleges will accept either score.
So the bottom line, I tell my students, is to figure out which test is better for that particular student. As the New York Times article describes, some students prefer the more straightforward and predictable layout of the ACT, while others like the gaming, scoring and shorter sections on the SAT.
Take both and see which one yields a better score. Once you figure that out, focus test prep for only one test. Assuming the college of choice will accept either score, a student would be wise to ignore one test and strictly focus on the preparation for the other. Guide books, private tutoring or other instruction can be an excellent way to boost test scores.
Also remember that some colleges don’t even look at test scores (click here for a list of schools that do not emphasize SAT or ACT scores in their admission process).
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