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ACT v. SAT

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A time comes in every high schooler’s life where they begin thinking about college. One major part of the college process is taking the ACT or SAT or both. Most high schoolers are left confused on what test to take. Obviously, they want to take the test that best reflects their knowledge through a high score.

The ACT consists of four parts: Math, Science, English, and Reading. A writing section is optional. The test takes about 2 hours and 55 minutes or 3 hours and 40 minutes with the writing portion. The reading section contains four reading passages. Critical thinking skills are a crucial part of the ACT’s science section. To do well on the math portion, the ACT recommends students complete Algebra I and II and Geometry as well as having knowledge of Trigonometry and Arithmetic. A calculator is allowed for the entire section. The ACT writing test tests how well a student can analyze and evaluate a complex problem. On the ACT, students are scored on a scale of 1 to 36.

“[I think the ACT is better because] it applies to more colleges and is more common,” said senior Addison Griswuld.

The SAT is made up of three sections: Math, English, and Reading. It also includes an optional writing section. The SAT takes about 3 hours or 3 hours and 50 minutes with writing. The reading section includes five passages. There is no science section. The math section tests over the same content as the ACT, and also has questions over data analysis. On the math test, there are some questions where students cannot use a calculator. Another difference between the two tests is the writing test. The SAT tests a student’s ability of comprehending a source text. On the SAT a student is scored on a scale of 400 to 1600.

“[I prefer the SAT because] some colleges only accept the SAT,” said junior Ethan Peters.

The ACT is known as a content based test. Whereas the SAT is more of a reasoning based test. Both tests are accepted by most colleges in the U.S. Students are usually advised to take both once and then, decide which they feel more confident on. After deciding on which test, they should keep taking that test until they are satisfied with their school.

“Every college in the US takes either test; however if the college you are applying to has a preference of one over another, you should definitely take the one that is preferred by your college,” said, college and career counselor, Lesli Zeagler.

 

FHS offers several test dates for each test.

ACT-  Oct. 28, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, April 14, June 9 and July 14

For more information on the ACT go to act.org

 

SAT- Oct. 7, 2017 Nov. 4, Dec. 2, March 10, May 5 and June 2.

For more information on the SAT go to collegeboard.org  

 

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