It’s almost April, and you and your junior are still stuck. What test should YOUR teen take and when?

You have heard that since the SAT is so new, it’s clearly not a good option, so it must be better to take the ACT. You have also heard that schools like the SAT better over the ACT.  Your friends’ teens are taking the ACT, so it MUST be the better option?! OMG! What’s the truth?

Maybe you should consider this question:

What is the better test for MY teen and what are the REAL differences between the SAT and ACT?

First, let’s dispel the above myths:

  1. Just because the test is a new iteration – there have been at least 6 over the past several decades – doesn’t mean it isn’t familiar. Practice test materials have been out since early summer 2015.
  2. Schools are used to SAT changes. It has never gotten in the way of using a ‘new’ test for college admission. For the class of 2017, schools will take the former SAT, the ‘new’ SAT or ACT. It’s all about the scores, not a test version.
  3. A lot of parents and their teens bought into the above myths; hence, they think it’s better to take the ACT. Not a reason to certify the ACT is ‘better’.
  4. ALL colleges and universities accept the ACT or SAT. Again, it’s all about the scores.
  5. Since there are distinct differences between the SAT and ACT, it’s best for your teen to take the exam most suited to her/his skill sets, personality and learning style. WHO KNEW?

So, now that you have some facts under your belt, how do you determine the better choice for your student based on the above important criteria? Can it be found out without having to go through the laborious process of sitting for both exams? (Those scores will be on your teen’s College Board or ACT record.). The short answer is, “Yes”.

Have your teen take our 60 Second ACT vs. SAT Assessment.  Because I am intimately familiar with both exams, and since I have tutored literally thousands of students, I was able to develop a quick yet accurate assessment based not only on comparing test content, but on learning style and personality – two underrated factors that can significantly affect test performance.

Hundreds of students have taken this assessment and are amazed at it’s accuracy; more importantly they are so happy not to have to sit through both exams as a  ‘research experiment’!  When they do take their initial SAT or ACT, they are confident in knowing that they are taking their better exam.

If your teen is a junior and has not taken the ACT or SAT it’s important to have taken one of these exams before the end of the school year!

ACT dates: April 9 or June 11. Deadline for registration for the April 9 ACT is March 4; late registration deadline, March 18.

SAT dates: May 7 and June 4. Deadline for registration for the May 7 SAT is April 8; late registration deadline, April 22.


Schedule your complimentary Test Prep Strategy Session and find out your student’s better test and the optimum time to take it.

BONUS: When you schedule your session, your student will also have the opportunity to take our additional quick assessments – Skill Set and MindsetTM – which enables us to predict the potential ACT or SAT score potential.

BONUS: For parents of sophomores:

  1. I would recommend that your teen also take the 60 Second ACT vs. SAT AssessmentTM and self identify Type of LearnerTM. Not only do these assessments reveal the better exam, but they are also quite helpful in knowing how to better tutor your teen.
  2. Schedule your complimentary Test Prep Strategy Session. The optimum time to begin test preparation is the summer BEFORE junior year. During this time students have the opportunity to truly learn and internalize the skills and strategies learned. We will create an individualized schedule for preparation as well as recommend the optimum for your teen to take the first SAT or ACT.
  3. Have your teen engage in non-fiction or fiction reading for 10-15 minutes a day. Students who read (non-school assigned non-fiction or fiction) at least 10-15 minutes a day tend to be more exceptional students and score higher on any standardized exam in all areas. Here is our Recommended Reading List.
  4. Don’t worry that your teen did not begin test prep this year. It’s far more important to focus on grades and make sure they are strong without diffusing attention to test preparation.

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