For entrance into a four-year college or university, students must take either the SAT I or ACT during the spring of the junior year or fall of the senior year. Colleges may take either score so students are encouraged to take both the SAT I and ACT. Early registration is critical!
SAT or ACT? What's the Difference?
Admissions officers and educators often describe the difference between SAT and ACT in these terms: the ACT is a content-based test, whereas the SAT tests critical thinking and problem solving. Here are some factors that differentiate the SAT and ACT:
- The ACT includes a science reasoning test; the SAT does not.
- The ACT math section includes trigonometry.
- The SAT tests vocabulary much more than the ACT.
- The SAT is not entirely multiple choice.
- The SAT has a guessing penalty; the ACT does not.
- The ACT tests English grammar; the SAT does not.
Remember, both the SAT and ACT are important parts of your application, but they're only one of several factors--from your courses and grades to recommendations and your personal statement--that colleges consider.