What You Need to Know If the ACT is Your Teen’s Better Test

What You Need to Know If the ACT is Your Teen’s Better Test

A lot of students find that the ACT is a much easier, more 'doable' test even though – and this is the biggest downside – they have to work through the exam at a much more rapid pace than they would on the SAT. Below I address 6 reasons why this is the case: The questions on the ACT are typically more straightforward than on the SAT. Also, the distractors (wrong choices) tend to be more obviously incorrect. Initially, students won't sense this, but with minimal practice, it becomes obvious for most students.   Raising scores on the SAT demands more understanding of strategies; on the ACT, scores can often be boosted merely by completing 4-6 practice tests. Bottom line, the ACT is not as strategy oriented.   The reading questions on the ACT are more about finding a specific answer within the passage whereas the SAT demands more critical analysis and the drawing of inferences.   Students are able to use a...
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9 Reasons Why the SAT is a Better Exam for Most Students

9 Reasons Why the SAT is a Better Exam for Most Students

Since I have had over 700 students take our 60 Second ACT vs. SAT Assessment, I have noticed that the majority of students come out favoring the SAT. That said, I decided to drill down to find out why. FYI: The 60 Second ACT vs. SAT Assessment consists of 11 either/or questions based on skill set and learning preferences. Roughly 70% have favored the SAT. Even though about 60% of those favor it by one point, those who favor the SAT 7+ points exceed 60%. Here's what I know about the exams based upon the skill sets tested as well as the test formats:   The reading passage questions tend to be in order on the SAT whereas on the ACT, that's often not the case. Scanning through the passages to find answers to questions can eat up the clock.   The four reading passages on the ACT average 800-1000 words; on the SAT the 5 reading passages average 600-800 words. Each passage has...
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