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ACT vs. SAT - Which Test is Best for You?

Which test should I take?
What are differences between the SAT and ACT? 
 
Our AJA College Counselor, Mieca Levy advises that students take both a full practice ACT and SAT once each to see which you prefer. Most test prep companies periodically offer practice tests, including Applerouth and Edison Prep. Here’s a great blog post about the differences
 
Here are some key differences between the SAT and ACT: 

SAT
  • 2 main sections (Evidence-based Reading and Writing/EBRW and Math) 
  • Algebra based
  • Math portion has a greater impact on the overall score   
  • Some science questions - not a full section
 
ACT
  • 4 sections (English, Reading, Math, Science)
  • Geometry
  • Some Trigonometry
  • Full Science section
  • Writing Section offered
 
Scoring
  • SAT is scored out of 1600 (800 for each section)
  • ACT is scored out of 36
 
* Most colleges will accept the highest critical reading, math and writing scores from the various testing attempts.
 

Check College Board and ACT for updated registration dates. Register at least 4-6 weeks before the test date.

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