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Going to college straight from high school means taking either the SAT or ACT. Take our quiz and learn the differences between the two to decide which test is best for you.
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More straightforward questions.
Questions on the ACT are usually easier to understand when you first read it. On the SAT, you might find yourself figuring out what you're being asked before solving it.
Stronger emphasis on vocabulary.
If you love words, the SATs are for you!
Has a science section.
Do you know the periodic table like the back of your hand? Then you will love the ACTs! The SATs do not offer a science portion.
More advanced math concepts.
The ACT Math section is not necessarily harder or easier. The ACT just has more advance concepts such as trigonometry.
Required writing section.
On the ACTs, you have the option to do the writing. However, many schools require the writing section. Be sure to check with the schools to see if it's necessary.
Broken up into more sections.
On the SATs you will be doing a little math, a little writing, a little reading, and a little more math. On the ACTs, you will tackle each area in one big chunk.
Called the 'big picture' exam.
College admissions care about how you did on each section on the SATs. On the ACTs, your overall score matters. If you're weak in one area and strong on another, you could still have a good score.
Popular on the east and west coasts.
SAT is popular on the east and west coast and with private schools. The ACT popular with public schools, the Midwest, and schools in the south.
No penalty for wrong answers.
There are no penalties for wrong answers on the ACT. On the SAT you lose ¼ of a point for incorrect answers.
Find more information on this test on www.collegeboard.org.
Find more info on the ACT on www.act.org
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