Getting Started With The SAT Or ACT- Which Test To Take?

If you are the parent of a high-school aged student (or if you are a high school student yourself), you know that there is tremendous pressure around the subject of standardized tests for college admissions. You have likely wondered when your student should begin studying, how best to prepare, and, importantly, which exam (SAT or ACT ) is likely to bring the most success. Which test is easier? Which test is better? Which test will inspire the strongest offers of admission and scholarships?

Many tutoring companies answer these questions by offering diagnostic exams: take an ACT, take an SAT, and choose the higher score. But in our decades of 1:1 tutoring experience, we have found that this approach is misinformed and ineffective: it’s not the student’s starting score that matters, it’s the student’s ending score. When deciding between the ACT and SAT, there are many factors to consider beyond an initial diagnostic — and we will lead you every step of the way.

Use the charts below to learn the similarities and differences between the two tests, and contact us today to get started on your prep.




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