ACT Test or SAT Test - Which are more popular for colleges?

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Most colleges in the US require SAT or ACT scores, but there are still a few that are "test optional," meaning you don't have to submit it if you don't want to.


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Most colleges in the US require SAT or ACT scores but there are still a few that are "test optional" meaning you dont have to submit it if you dont want to. It depends on what college you are applying to. If you are applying to colleges in the U.S then it is preferable that you give a SAT atleast once. But there are some colleges that do not demand any of the above. So lookup on the colleges you are applying to and see whether they require any of the above test scores. If yes you should give it. The ACT is “more popular.” Well at least you could argue that given recent reported numbers at least the most recent numbers I’ve been able to find. Reported as recently as 2015 the ACT had 1924436 takers vs. the SAT which had approximately 1700000 test takers. Traditionally the SAT before 2011 was “more popular” or at least taken more than the ACT but starting in that year the latter exam took over and has grown to this gap of over 200000 students. Topmost ACT/SAT Test Prep Courses

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However colleges/admissions teams are happy to accept both. I think you’re aiming for an answer by the Admissions officers who will never speak publicly about their preferences. You can look for verbiage on admissions pages per college but you will see in the language for almost EVERY SINGLE UNIVERSITY which requires either exam that EITHER exam is fine. --------- by Brandon Na At this point virtually all colleges accept both and dont look more favorably at either one. The difference in popularity tends to be more about student geography. Students and schools on the Coasts have traditionally taken the SAT. Students in the Midwest have traditionally taken the ACT. All of that is changing rapidly. According to some students colleges do not prefer one over the other. Every reputable school accepts either in the US. Take them both. Some scientifically minded students find they do better with the ACT. Topmost ACT/SAT Test Prep Courses

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1. SAT Mathematics is more easier than ACT. 2. ACT has science section but SAT doesnt. 3. SAT writing section is compulsory but ACT writing is optional 4. SAT focuses more on vocabulary but ACT doesnt. So Analyze your stengths and weaknesses by yourself and choose wisely. The advantage of the ACT is that many schools will waive the subject SAT if you submit the ACT. However colleges of engineering will generally want a subject SAT Math and Physics regardless. This depends on a few criteria - in Michigan the state has switched from the ACT to the SAT as their required junior year state test so it only makes sense to focus on the SAT only. --- by Amy Lesemann. The difference between the two tests is in the way they test their materials. The universities wont be rejecting you based on the fact that you gave SAT and not ACT. It depends on you really. They test similar things and are both about the same length in time. They are also both accepted by all schools although Topmost ACT/SAT Test Prep Courses

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not all require them. Try taking a practice test for both and see which you score better on. By Rachel Jakes although colleges seem to use them as equivalent the SAT and ACT have very different styles. SAT is designed to measure aptitude whereas the ACT measures knowledge. That said many students will be better at one than the other. Personally I think the ACT is easier. I understand the concern for wasting money but as previous answers have said sometimes theres a cap to how high you can score on a particular test. My advice is to prepare like nobodys business for the ACT enough so you feel like you have equal expertise in the ACT and SAT even though youve only taken the SAT for real. Then give the ACT a whirl you may be pleasantly surprised. About author: Mr. Shannon Thompson is a tutor at the main branch of Y2 Academy which is the best ACT and SAT test preparation institute in NJ USA. Topmost ACT/SAT Test Prep Courses

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