5 Myths About the SAT and ACT

5 Myths About the SAT and ACT

There is a lot of misinformation about the SAT and ACT. The same is true about test preparation. Below I dispel some of those myths and give you clarity about what you must know before you engage your teen in any test preparation: MYTH #1: Most colleges prefer the SAT over the ACT. FACT: ALL colleges place the same value on both exams. (See chart for correlations.) Some colleges that want Subject Tests, will even accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT + 2-3 Subject Tests, i.e. Amherst. Columbia, and Duke to name a few. MYTH #2: An exceptionally high test score is your teen’s #1 ticket to admission. FACT: A low score will keep a student out. Student’s scores should correlate with grades, but remember there are 7 components to the college application package – in usual order of importance. There are also at least 7 other lesser factors that can affect acceptance. GPA Test Scores Personal Statement Extracurricular Activities Recommendations Subject, AP and IB test Class...
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7 Reasons the SAT Maybe YOUR Teen’s Better Test

7 Reasons the SAT Maybe YOUR Teen’s Better Test

One of the most common questions I get is, “Which exam is the better exam?” My response is a rephrasing of the question, “Which is the better exam for YOUR teen?". In other words, the only way to know which is the better exam for your teen is for your student to take our diagnostics to find out which test fits your teen's skill sets and learning style. An understanding of the nature of the two exams is also extremely helpful. That said, the SAT (relative to the ACT) is your teen’s better exam if: The score on the 60 Second ACT vs. SAT AssessmentTM is 7+. Our unique     diagnostic consists of 11 either/or questions that characterize and compare not only the make-up of the exams, but how the student best approaches the tests. If a student scores 6 and 5 on the ACT vs. SAT Assessment, it is recommended that the student try both tests and stick...
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