SAT vs ACT: Which One Should You Take?

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Lily Grudichak '19 and Natalie Ruiz '19 holding SAT and ACT books.

Lily Grudichak '19 and Natalie Ruiz '19 holding SAT and ACT books.

Lily Grudichak '19 and Natalie Ruiz '19 holding SAT and ACT books.

Sue Kim and Ella Shi

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Have your parents reminded you for the 10th time today about signing up for the SAT or ACT? Well, don’t worry; The Royal Reporter will remind you yet again. Hopefully, this time we can actually help you decide which one to take.

Senior Allison Armanino is becoming an ACT pro, having taken it twice already this year. She shared some valuable insight into the tips and tricks for the test: “Watch the clock every 10 minutes, don’t stress about the science section, and study months prior to the test.” In fact, she took the 4 week ACT prep course in October with Mr. Clough months prior to her first test in December. Allison recommends the course because it helped her become more familiar with the test and understand important strategies to help her read faster.

Allison Armanino ’19 taking some ACT practice tests. Photo by Sue Kim

Also, Isabella M. Lopez ‘19 suggests, “If you are better at math, then take the SAT. But, if you are a quick reader, then take the ACT.”  The SAT gives people more time with difficult reading questions while the ACT contains more straightforward questions with significantly less time.

Both the SAT and ACT contain four sections; however, the SAT has reading, grammar, math without calculator and math with calculator with an optional writing section. The ACT has English, Math, Reading, and Science with an optional essay section. Although the essay section is optional for both, it is recommended and sometimes required by many colleges.

Nonetheless, it might be necessary to try both SAT and ACT practice tests at least once to determine which is the test for you. In the end, practice makes perfect and, hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you ace your next test.

 

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