It’s that time of year again, the season of admissions exams. Not many look forward to the lingering test date, inevitably having to wake up early and take an exam that has so much riding on the outcome. In the grand scheme of things, this test is not the deciding factor on the rest of your life. That being said, it is still important to understand the importance of the exam’s outcome on your opportunities for higher education. To give you all of the tools you need, we have gone to the experts, Ashley Zahn specifically of c2 Education, to ask some key questions that will help high school students make the best decisions possible when preparing for admissions exams like the SAT and ACT.
SAT/ACT Test Question #1
Should I take the SAT or the ACT?
When having to decide between the SAT or ACT test to take, it’s important to first note that each student is different when it comes down to taking admissions exams. In general, the ACT is thought to be easier because of its’ straightforward questions. Although this may be true, the ACT requires you to answer more questions in a shorter amount of time. The SAT does require a different set of test taking skills, so in order to determine what the best admissions exam is for you, take practice tests and compare scores. Choosing the test with your highest practice score will help focus you energies on an exam which you prefer.
If taking practice tests still hasn’t helped you make a decision as to which admissions exam to take, there are other resources available online and at your school to help make the decision. Here are some resources to use when trying to decide whether to take the SAT or the ACT.
- c2 Education
- Princeton Review
If you’re looking to convert your SAT and ACT scores, try:
- Convert Your Score
SAT/ACT Test Question #2
What score should I get on the SAT/ACT?
Although different schools require different exam score ranges, most colleges post test scores for the middle 50% of students that were accepted in the previous year’s applicant pool. Looking through these scores will help determine which schools to apply to and which to avoid. Don’t be deterred by higher test score ranges. Instead, consider those schools your “reach” schools and understand that it would only be an option in your overall college search.
After determining which schools have the right range of score that you feel comfortable with, it will be necessary to try to narrow down the list even further. Deciding which college to go to is a huge decision, and one that should be made based on a number of factors including test score requirements. Use the various online quizzes and resources for college students to help narrow down your college search. Remember, don’t let SAT and ACT test requirements deter you from looking at all of your options.