Times have changed. Now, every college in America accepts either the ACT or SAT without preference. Further, both tests now offer optional score reporting, which means that you have complete control over which test-day scores are sent to colleges. Traditionally, SAT has been more popular on the coasts and overseas, while ACT has been more popular in the central states. However, a shift in the thinking of college admission departments now leaves you with two very viable options. So you can choose to take one of two paths: take both the ACT and SAT, or you focus on one or the other. If you take this latter path, you should first determine which of the two tests best aligns with your test-taking ability.
In general, ACT favors faster readers and literal thinkers, while SAT favors analytical thinkers. Students who read slowly or who have a low tolerance for science might want to avoid the ACT. The reasons are:
1) The ACT is a sprint. It requires lots of reading and allows far less time per question than does the SAT
2) The ACT has a science section which, although it is more analytical reading than science, has content that is rooted in science. Those uncomfortable with the topics and with analyzing graphs, charts, and tables will find this section excruciating. It is also very hard to finish within the time allowed. Since the overall ACT score is calculated as the average of the four sections, a poor performance in the science section can drag down the entire test score.
The best way to measure one's relative ability on the two tests is to take both a practice SAT and ACT. Warning: Some commercially produced tests should not be used for this purpose. Only real tests should be used. However, taking both tests may not be a realistic option, because students are already pressed for time. Chyten has developed a single diagnostic test that uses a proprietary algorithm to accurately predict a student’s relative performance on ACT and SAT. It is appropriately titled: Chyten's ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test.
Chyten’s ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test compresses all components of the ACT and the SAT into a single test. It is accompanied by a highly detailed report called the MagnosticTM Diagnostic that provides performance analysis on every type of ACT and SAT question, detailed analytics, and gives a recommendation of which test to take. Chyten's ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test is available through some local schools or at your local Chyten Test Prep and Admission Center. If your school might be interested in offering this test, please notify us and we will follow up.
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