ACT coastal

August 11, 2006 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

Posted by Dee

For years and year, the only testing I’d ever heard of is the SAT. Then, in my sophomore year of high school, I discovered that the ACT was another testing option. Apparently, the SAT is wildly more popular on the East and West Coasts whereas the ACT is popular throughout the rest of the US.

I personally did well on the ACT with minimal preparation, and the percentile I received on the ACT and SAT were comparable, but I found that the science section was the most difficult to get used to — especially since I had done a lot more practice with the SAT, which has no science section.

When trying to decide which to take, the SAT vs. the ACT, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. ACT doesn’t take points off for wrong answers, unlike the SAT… so it’s to your advantage to guess.

2. In the ACT, the writing part is at the end of the test whereas on the SAT, you write your essay first. (Some people prefer doing essay writing first… I’m not one of those people, but I did fine anyways. I’ll write a blog with some essay tips for exams later on.)

3. Sending scores works differently on the SAT and ACT. Personally, the SAT website is a lot easier to use to sign up for the test and send scores than for the ACT, but apparently on the ACT you can choose which score you want sent… not like it matters anyways because every top school takes the highest of your SAT scores anyways.

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Entry filed under: ACT, SAT, Testing.

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