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Testing- SAT, SAT II and ACT
2013814131119244_image.jpg image  TESTS - SAT, SAT II & ACT

SAT I - REASONING is a 3¾ hour test -Critical Reading, Math & Writing

SAT II - SUBJECT TEST is a 1 hour test on a particular subject.
ACT- 3 hour test on English, Math, Reading & Science (optional Writing section)

COST -  SAT  $50.00  ACT (no writing) $35.00  ACT (plus writing) $50.50   

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FOUR YEAR COLLEGES - most require the SAT I reason test or ACT . Take it in the  winter or spring of your Junior year. You can take it again the fall of your senior year but DO NOT WAIT until you are a senior to take it the first time.   

H IGHLY SELECTIVE COLLEGES- may also require the SAT II Subject test. Take it when you peak in the subject, usually June after completing the course.    

BCC / COMMUNITY COLLEGES / TRADE SCHOOLS - do not require SAT or ACT. However, by not taking them you limit yourself to only community colleges. The CC suggests you take SAT / ACT to keep your college options open.    
Colleges will take the best score from each section (Math, Critical Reading & Writing)  of the SAT taken on different days and combine them to give you the best total score. Your will only be helped by taking the test 2 or more times. Your scores will not go down. They can only go up. 
Colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT. So which should you take?

It's all about the numbers. Some students end up scoring substantially higher on the SAT; others do better on the ACT.

The decision of which one to take may be determined simply by whatever admission criteria is laid out by your school of choice. However, if the school doesn't specify which test they want, making the "best" choice doesn't have to be difficult.

Although there is no hard science that proves that the ACT or SAT is easier, you probably want to determine which test format is better suited to your strengths. Each test has different emphases and familiarity with their individual structures may help you sort out which is better suited to you.

To cover all your basis take both test. Send in test you do better in.

To help you zero in on the right exam, here are seven key differences:
  • A clear difference is that the SAT is designed to evaluate your general thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Writing section, critical reading and Math section
  • The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary. If you're an ardent wordsmith, you'll love the SAT. If words aren't your thing, you may do better on the ACT.
  • College admissions officers care about how you did on each section of the SAT.
  • The SAT is broken up into more sections.
    • On the SAT, the content areas (Critical Reading, Math and Writing) are broken up into 10 sections, with the required essay at the beginning.
  • The SAT also provides you with the chance to take Subject Tests. A few schools may require you to take some of these tests as additional requirements to your admission application.
  • ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.
  • ACT questions are often easier to understand on a first read.
  • The ACT has a Science section, while the SAT does not.
  • The ACT tests more advanced math concepts.
  • The ACT Writing Test is optional on test day, but required by many schools.
  • The 25-minute SAT essay is required and is factored into your writing score. The 30-minute ACT writing test is optional. If you choose to take it, it is not included in your composite score — schools will see it listed separately. Many colleges require the writing section of the ACT, so be sure to check with the schools where you are applying before opting out.
  • The ACT is more of a "big picture" exam.
    • On the ACT, they're most concerned with your composite score. So if you're weak in one content area but strong in others, you could still end up with a very good ACT score and thus make a strong impression with the admissions committee.


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