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    WHICH ONE SHOULD I TAKE: SAT or ACT ?

     

    Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. But recently an increasing number of Colleges around the country have begun to accept ACT scores from applicants, either in addition to SAT scores or in lieu of them. Which of the two tests should you take?
    The SAT and the ACT are both meant to test your knowledge of the fundamentals of a high school education in the United States. Yet the writers of the two tests are guided by very different philosophies, and the two exams have different formats and test different subject matter. In the following table the differences between both tests are listed. In the table below you can find the main features of both tests..

     

    DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE SAT AND ACT

     

     

    SAT

    ACT

    MAXIMUM SCORE

    1600

    36

    ESSAY

    Optional

    Optional

    LENGTH

    3 hrs+ 50 min Essay

    2hrs 55 min + 40 min Essay

    SECTIONS

    Math evidence based,Reading and Writing

    Essay (optional)

    English, Math, reading and Science Reasoning (+optional Writing :essay)

    MATH SECTION

    Two sectios:25 min without calculator

    55 min wth calculator


    One section :60 min

    using calculator

    NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

    (MATH)

    No calculator:  15 Multilple Choice+5 Grid-ins

    Calculator: 30 Multiple Choice, 8 Grid Ins

    60 Questions

    All multiple choice

    COST

    $45

    $57 with Essay

    $46

    $62 with writing

    OTHER

    Do not penalize wrong questions 

    Do not penalize wrong questions 

    WEB PAGE

    WWW.COLLEGEBOARD.COM

    www.act.org

     

    Nowadays some universities, like for instance FAU and FIU, are considering the writing section of the SAT in their admissions process. FIU encourages students to take both the SAT and ACT to determine which exam best suits the student.

     

    WHICH SCORES ARE SEND TO THE COLLEGES?

     

    For the SATscores: you should go to the collegeboard web page and enroll in "Score Choice".
    Score Choice gives you the option to choose which scores (by test date for the SAT and by individual test for SAT Subject Tests™) will be reported to colleges—in accordance with an institution's stated score-use practice. You can choose scores from one, several, or all SAT test dates. I recommend you to see how it works running the “Score Choice Tutorial”.
    If you decide to use Score Choice, only those scores from the test dates you choose will be sent. If you decide not to use Score Choice, all available scores will be sent, including those from previous test administrations. You cannot separate scores for the critical reading, mathematics, or writing sections.
    I suggest you to check with each college web page to understand when SAT scores need to be received to meet application deadlines.
    For the ACT scores: ACT delivers these to colleges and agencies you've selected depending on their preferred schedule—at least every two weeks.
    If you have taken the ACT or ACT Plus Writing more than once, they maintain a separate record for each test date. If you ask them to send a report to a college, they will release only the record from the test date you request. If you wish, you may ask them to report more than one test date record to a college. However, you may not select test scores from different test dates to construct a new record; you must designate an entire test date record as it stands. ACT does not create new records by averaging scores from different test dates.

    Most university's admission standards are competitive. Admission decisions are based on the projected academic success of prospective first-time-in-college students as determined by their grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores (SAT or ACT). Some universities accept  students with a low high school GPA if their test scores are good (FAU for example). You have to check with each college from your list its particular admission requirements.

     

    WHEN TO TAKE IT? 

     

    You can take the test in fall, winter or spring of junior year; and fall of senior year. Be sure to know your colleges application deadlines.  Mostly highly selective colleges require 2-3 SAT subject test: most  ask for a Math Subject test plus one or two subjects of your choosing. You can take the Math subject test in junior year. All other subject tests right after you finish taking the related subject in school in your sophomore and junior years.