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07/17/2018
College entrance requirements usually include a standardized test. You can choose between the SAT and the ACT, but you need to learn about their differences to make the best decision.

Which Test Should I Choose?

Although not all colleges require your standardized test results, most of them do. They will accept either test: the SAT or ACT. You need to decide which test fits your skills and abilities better so you can get a high score. Before you start preparing to take your standardized test, you should know what makes them so different.

What You Need to Consider for Each Test

  1. Contents: The SAT is divided into four sections: Math, Reading, Writing and Language, and an optional essay. The ACT has four sections: Science, Reading, Math, English, and an optional essay.
  2. Duration: You’ll take around three and a half to four hours to complete either exam. It takes about two hours and 55 minutes to finish the ACT, plus 35 minutes more if you complete the essay. The SAT takes around three hours and 50 minutes with the essay. However, you should consider that the ACT has more questions, which means it’s more fast-paced than the SAT.
  3. Essay: You will need to have great critical thinking skills to complete the ACT essay. You will need to evaluate and analyze and issue and create an argument. As for the SAT, you will read a text and demonstrate that you understood it.
  4. Mental math skills: You need to have strong mental math skills to take the SAT since calculators are not allowed on one of the math sections in the test. If you want to take you calculator with you take the ACT instead.
  5. Test location: There are multiple test locations all over the country. However, it’s possible that the test your choose is not available in your town. You need check where the closest test location is and decide whether or not you’re willing to travel to take it.
  6. Scientific skills: You won’t be tested on you scientific knowledge on the ACT, but you will be tested on your critical thinking and data analyzing skills. If you’re not a great critical thinker, stick to the SAT.

Need Help Preparing for Your Standardized Test?

Whether you choose to take the SAT or the ACT, you will need all the help you can get to achieve excellent results. The Tutoring Center, Rosenberg TX has an excellent SAT/ACT Prep Program to help you out. Call them at (832) 363-7873 to learn all about tutoring in Rosenberg and their various programs.

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