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Three reasons why the ACT might be right for you

Posted by Sybil St. Hilaire on Fri, Oct 18, 2013

ACT tipsDid you know that more students took the ACT than SAT last year? Many students ask me which test they should take – SAT or ACT. I usually tell my students to at least try both tests – you never know which one you might do better on.

Here are three reasons to consider taking the ACT:

1. Strong math and science focus

Unlike the SAT, the ACT offers those students who are stronger in the math and sciences a chance to shine. The ACT tests for a number of topics that are not covered by the SAT. While the SAT’s math section covers arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability; the ACT tests these topics and more including: trigonometry, logarithms, complex numbers, matrices, and circle and ellipses equations. Additionally, the ACT has a science section which allows students to demonstrate their scientific interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem solving skills.

2. Accepted by all four-year Colleges & Universities in the United States

I get a lot of questions from my students about who accepts the ACT and whether a good ACT score is comparable to a good SAT score. Don’t believe the hype about “good schools” only accepting the SAT. All four-year colleges accept both the ACT and the SAT. Admissions officers also weigh both tests evenly. In fact 13% of applicants to Princeton last year submitted only ACT scores.

3. Less emphasis on difficult vocabulary and essays

Another reason to consider the ACT is the fact that the essay is optional. Not all colleges require a writing test for admission, so students who may not do their best writing under timed conditions can opt out. Before you opt out double check the writing test requirements of the schools you plan to apply to. If you do choose to do the essay section, ACT essay topics are more relatable to your daily high-school life, while SAT topics ask you to write about more philosophical matters.

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