THE BIG TESTS: SAT AND ACT
Every year, millions of high school students take the standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, etc. All the students appear for the tests with one motive in their mind, that is, to score well in the tests, so that they can secure admission into their desired college. This chapter has been designed to help you familiarize with the big tests: SAT and ACT, and recommend you the ways of approaching them with confidence. You can also get a brief idea of how you should prepare for the tests.
There are three Undergraduate level college standardized tests that you need to be aware of:
1. American College testing (ACT)
2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Reasoning Test
3. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Subject Tests
Of these three tests, the ACT test and the SAT Reasoning Test are comparable and most four-year colleges require applicants to submit scores from one or the other for admission.
Both the ACT and the SAT exams are intended to provide measures of a student’s “college readiness,” and virtually all schools accept either test. While the newly redesigned SAT exam is much more similar to the ACT than it used to be, the two tests still differ in many ways and measure different skills.