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As if the test-tension wasn't bad enough -- with its vicious vocabulary and menacing math problems -- now you're faced with another question: SAT or ACT? Regardless of your decision, it's recommended you take either (or both) tests during your junior year so you can re-test as a senior and get your score even higher!

ACT Facts

  • What you learn in class will help since the exam is curriculum-based. That means you'll be tested on grammar, trigonometry, science reasoning, etc.
  • The ACT exam is in four sections -- English, math, reading, and science. The writing section is optional.
  • There are no "ACT IIs" -- the ACT is one test for all.
  • The ACT is popular among students in Midwestern and Southern U.S. regions.
  • Unlike the SAT, there is no guessing penalty, meaning you're only scored on correct answers.
  • Top score = 36

SAT Facts
  • The SAT exam is based on logic, critical thinking, problem--solving, and it tests vocabulary level.
  • Math, verbal and writing are the three main sections of the exam.
  • You may be required to take additional subject tests (called SAT IIs) for some colleges.
  • The SAT is most popular among students in Eastern and Western U.S. regions.
  • You are penalized for wrong answers, so wild guessing won't help you.
  • Top score = 2400