As students prepare for college by comparing entrance exams, ACT and SAT. Many often wonder...
Q: What's easier, ACT or SAT?
A: The ACT and SAT typically contains similar types of content. Scores are used most often for admissions into college, merit-based scholarships, and sometimes for military academies. According to the Princeton Review, the biggest differences between the ACT and SAT are that the ACT has a Science Test, and there’s one SAT Math Section for which you cannot use a calculator.
Q: Do colleges need both scores?
A; Which one should you take? We recommend you explore both tests to decide which one is right for you. Many students in the past have taken both ACT and SAT, some choose to retake and aim for a higher score based on previous test scores. However, if happen to score lower than before, know that many colleges often take the higher score out of all your results.
Click here to see the differences between the two exams, a guide from Kaplan.
Wondering if your college requires or recommends the SAT/ACT Essay Portion? Read up on the updates! Inside Higher Ed recently published an article on colleges, titled "Dropping the SAT Essay" and the Princeton Review published on the 25 schools that recommend or require the essay portions, titled "Who Requires SAT and ACT Essays (and why they shouldn’t)"
Colleges typically admit and base merit scholarships off of your highest ACT/SAT score. Even though you may have taken multiple and sent in your score each time, that is the only way colleges can see your score records and that is how they can see "all/most" of your scores. There will be some colleges that require you to submit all scores/score history. Keep in mind that when colleges "require" all scores or the score history, they often still admit based on highest score; holistic decisions may want to see your records to see if you've continued trying to achieve and it can certainly help in that case. Here is a helpful article by Prep Scholar speaking to this topic.
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