The ACT is accepted by nearly every major college and university that accepts the SAT. In fact, many schools will waive the SAT Subject test requirement for ACT test-takers (view list).
Although there are an increasing number of students who take both the ACT & SAT, from our experience, it is better to take practice tests for both exams, and go with the test that best suits your learning style. From our experience, the easiest way to "test out" both of the tests are through the free SAT & ACT apps from Edupath
A quick ACT/SAT comparison:
With the introduction of the "new SAT" (March 2016), there are now very few differences between the SAT & ACT.
- Both tests cover reading, writing and math.
- The ACT has a seperate science section, which is mostly reading and interpreting charts and graphs. The SAT now incorporates similar questions directly into the reading section.
- The guessing penalty has been eliminated on the SAT, so neither test penalizes students for incorrect answers.
- The multiple choice questions on both tests now have four possible answer choices, though the ACT is entirely multiple choice and the SAT includes twelve "grid-in" math questions.
- Both tests allow students to select which scores are submitted to colleges, though students should confirm individual school policies.
The New SAT is scoresd on a 400 - 1600 scale, while the ACT is scored on a 1 - 36 scale. View our ACT /SAT Score Conversion Guide for additional information
A free full-length practice test is included in the Preparing for the ACT Guide, which is available in most high schools or alternatively can be downloaded here (a PDF).
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