ACT or SAT? Which is Best for You?

Knowing how the SAT and ACT are different will help you figure out which test is your best bet.

Preparing for and taking the SAT and ACT is a huge part of college admissions. These facts will help you decide which test to focus on.

What Are the Differences Between the SAT and ACT?

Both the SAT and the ACT play the same role in the admissions process. Colleges use them to assess your readiness for college-level work, and most colleges don't prefer one test over the other. When the College Board released a redesigned SAT in 2016, the two tests became very similar. Both tests measure your ability to apply the knowledge and skills you've gained in high school. Both simulate the kind of reading, writing, math, and problem-solving you'll encounter in college. But there are some differences to consider:

What These Differences Might Mean for You

Most testing experts say that if you are strong in science and math (especially geometry) and you can keep your cool under its slightly tighter time limit, you might do better on the ACT. If you are an analytical thinker who excels in English, you might do better on the SAT. But your success on one test over the other might also come down to your personal preferences for the types of questions you encounter.

So How Do You Decide Between the SAT and ACT?

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