Is one test superior to the other? What's your preference, and why? Share your thoughts here. Share Your Opinion
SAT or ACT
- I believe that both are good test it all depends on how you like to test take. Something not mentioned was that on the act (english, science, reading, math) you will take everything in one big chunk and on the sat (critical reading, math, writing) it will be I separate sections. An example is this you do writing in the beginning then you do a little reading a little math then reading etc. I am currently picking which one to do and even though the act seems the preferred one overall, I believe that I will take the sat test.
- —Guest guest 7th grader
- I am in seventh grade and i qualified for the Duke TIP. At first i thought that the SAT would be more intellectually stimulating. However, as I read on, the ACT seemed less stressful (opt. essay, no guessing penalty, etc.) I'm leaning toward the ACT now, but I'm still not sure.
- —Guest I Have To Have A Guest Name??
It depends on you.
- I took both the ACT and the SAT. Being from the mid-west the ACT is preferred but colleges will take both. I took the ACT twice and the SAT once and my SAT was considerably higher. For me the SAT worked, but for others the ACT my be better. Best advice is to take both exams early in your junior year then take the one you preferred a second or third time during the end of your junior year and beginning of your senior year.
- —Guest Katy
ACT or SAT?
- A tutor for both exams told us to take both to determine which one my daughter was more comfortable with. Some kids find the formats to be completely different. After she took them both once, her scores on the ACT were substantially higher & she felt like the test was more straight-forward, while the SAT seemed to her, to be more confusing with possible different interpretations. She took the ACT two additional times, raising her score each time, which helped her get scholarship money & into several honors colleges.
- —Guest mom in Texas
- Should I take both tests just to make sure. My school really hasn't tested us or helped us so I really don't know which one is better for me. [Allen Grove replied: One option is to take both exams; you could also check out the Princeton Review book, "SAT or ACT: Choosing the Right Exam for You." I see you can grab a used copy on Amazon for just a couple dollars. Best wishes!]
- —Guest Sophmore
ACT is better
- For me, the ACT is definitely a much better test as in the test writers have done a much better job. There are less silly trick questions and more legitimate ones. The time constraint on the ACT is burdensome, but that's part of the skills tested by it.
- —Guest ImSoMetaEvenThisAcronym
- I am in middle school and was chosen for the Duke TIP program so I have to take SAT or ACT in January. HELP!!! Which is easier?
- —Guest brandon bonilla
- As a senior this year I have taken both exams. I did well on both, but I found the ACT easier due to the science portion. For students who excel at classes such as biology or chemistry then the ACT is definitely easier. It also helps to have decent math skills. The SAT was much more stressful for me. I studied, I listened to my older friends tell me what it was like, and I listened to my teacher try and tell us how we could improve our scores. I still did better on the ACT. It showed that it really depends on the test. I could have studied more, but it got the point where I couldn't stand taking the practice tests. I think that it's best to just look at each tests' unique format, figure out which subjects you're best at, and then just go for it. You'll do fine as long as you don't become stressed on test day. Taking one practice test apiece is good enough unless you're trying to get a near perfect score. It's impossible to tell sometimes which test is for you until you've taken them.
- —Guest Phil
- That actually depends on who's taking the exam and what their preferences are. If you like brain teasers, have a good eye for detail, and are good at reading between the lines, then the SAT would be better. But if you're more book smart than street smart, like science, and prefer reading a passage for the main idea, then the ACT is better. It also depends on which one you have time for, depending on the date sheet for each exam. You can find that on the SAT and ACT websites.
- —Guest Anonymous
I'm voting SAT
- The SAT is more universally accepted, so you'll never be stuck wondering whether or not you took the right test. You have a bunch of articles about SAT scores, don't you Allen?? =)
SAT's are much easier
- The SAT's are just practice. Once I master the basic techniques, I waste no time reading through passages when I don't need to to answer the questions, and thus, time is no longer a restraint. I also like the scoring system, which (once again) I familiarized myself with, and can use to the best of my ability. It's all a matter of being accustomed to the test.
- —Guest Rose
What do you mean by "better"?
- It's a great article about the differences between the exams. I've tutored for both, and I can tell you that from a certain perspective, neither is better than the other, they're just different. If you mean which one is a student more likely to do better on, the only way to decide is take a practice test for each and ask yourself, which feels more comfortable to me. A few more points: 1) The SAT reading questions are more focused on the main idea of the passage. If you know it, all the other questions become easier. Not so for the ACT reading, which is more focused on the details, and their questions are less likely to have line numbers telling you where to look in the passage. 2) For the ACT science, don't spend too much time reading the graphs and charts before going to the questions, or you'll never finish it. 3) Only study with official material, from whichever test you choose. I have an SAT blog at www.SATSuccessSecrets.com/blog if you want to learn more about that.
- I studied for both of these exams, and I found the ACT much more pleasant. So much of the preparation for the SAT involves memorizing vocabulary words. My teachers have always said that memorization is the lowest form of learning, and I hope that is true because I'm looking forward to burning all these flashcards.
- —Guest Gwen