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SAT vs ACT: Which Should I Take?

Nov 28, 2017 3:45:00 PM

The SAT and ACT are standardized tests that allow colleges to compare you to other students. In some cases, schools are dropping these tests as a requirement for admissions but most schools still require one or the other. Some schools even use your test scores to evaluate whether or not you are eligible for a merit-based scholarship.

The ACT tends to be more popular with public schools and schools in the Midwest and South. The SAT is the more common requirement at private schools and colleges on the east and west coasts. The most important factor in determining which test you should take is which test the schools you are applying to require. Some students may end up having to take both tests. 

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SAT vs ACT. Which scores should I send to colleges?

Nov 9, 2017 3:21:00 PM

Did you take the SAT or ACT? Maybe you took both tests because you weren't sure which one was the right one for you or the colleges you were applying to had different requirements. Or maybe you only took one because you felt that you would perform better on that test. Regardless, if you took one test or both and you applied to a "test optional" school or to a school that accepts either type of test scores,  you're probably battling with one question: "should I send in my scores or not?" Not to worry because you have a few different routes that you can pursue. We want you to get into your dream school, so take our advice if it feels right for you. 

The SAT and ACT test a lot of the same content. But two of the major differences are that the ACT has a science section and the SAT has a math section that doesn't allow you to use a calculator. So, if you intend on being a biology or chemistry major, it may make sense to send in your ACT scores because you got tested in science (assuming you did well!). On the other hand, if you plan to go into mathematics related major, sending in your SAT scores might be the right choice for you.

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10 tips on how to own! the SAT

Sep 30, 2014 11:12:00 AM

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

A typical approach is to try to cram in as much information as possible in the few weeks leading up to the test. This might result in a modest score increase but the best way to make sure you understand the types of questions you will be asked - and how you need to answer them - is to study a little bit each week for an entire year (or more, if you are feeling ambitious!). 

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College Planning Essentials for Rising Seniors

May 10, 2012 2:52:00 PM

College Planning Essentials for Rising Seniors

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Free tools to help you prepare for the SAT

Apr 18, 2012 10:09:00 AM

Getting into college is something that weighs heavily on the minds of many high school students. The SAT test is one factor of getting into the college of your choice. Each college or university places the weight of the SAT differently with the more prestigious schools looking closely at your SAT score. Preparing for the SAT can be stressful but there are some things you can do to reduce the stress and get the best score possible for you.

There are many free resources and tools that will help you prepare for the SAT.

Number2 -- This site allows you completely free access to study tools and practice SAT tests. The site offers stats to show how much you've studied, how your scores have improved and more.

ProProfs -- This website claims to be the most comprehensive site to help you prepare for the SAT. The site offers free all of the SAT prep study guides and tests.

College Board -- Many free tests and study materials for you to prepare. This site takes into account how you've answered and offers pinpointed techniques for you to follow to improve. The site also gives you details on how the tests work such as answering the question of "Can a calculator be used?"

Library -- Visit your local library to check out SAT prep books. You can check out these books free of charge and use them to study and prepare.

High School -- Your high school should have a list of tutoring or classes available for you. Speak to your counselor for options available to you. Depending on your area, you may have to pay a small fee for some tutoring. If you live in Rhode Island, your high school may offer a free class provided by the College Planning Center.

Download the  Ultimate College  Planning Guide The SAT is usually taken during a student's Junior or Senior year of high school. The SAT is offered several times a year and all over the United States. Depending on where you live, you may be required to travel to another location to take the SAT. Visit College Board and select your state to see a list of available testing dates and times. You can register and pay online for the test of your choice. You can take each test twice and the maximum score for each section is 800, however the average score is in the low 500's for each section according to the Princeton Review.

Take the time to study and review the free assistance available to you to make the best of your SAT experience.
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SAT Crunch: Free tools that can help you maximize your score

Nov 17, 2011 3:50:00 PM

As you go through your high school years, it is important to look toward your plans for after high school. If you intend to go to college, you need to make sure you take the classes you will need to get into the college of your choice. You must also prepare for the SAT test so you know what to expect and increase your chances of doing well on the test. Doing well on the SAT can make the difference in getting into the school of your choice.

While some organizations offer college testing preparation classes that help you prepare for the SAT, not everyone can afford to pay for the service. However, proper preparation is still important for everyone. Even if you can't afford to pay for any of the classes, you can still use free resources available on the Internet or at your local library to help you prepare instead. These resources can work just as well as the classes that require a fee as long as you work hard.

Some of the free online tools (just Google "free SAT prep tools" for a host of sites to visit; if you live in RI, we recommend WaytoGoRI) and library books which you can use to help prepare for the SAT tests work as guides that walk you through the contents of the test and how it is administered. When you go into the test knowing what to expect, you will feel more comfortable. When you are comfortable in your surroundings, you are more likely to focus on the material and do better on the tests. The better you do on the tests, the better your chances of getting into the college of your choice after high school or getting merit based scholarships.

Taking a practice test or two can also help familiarize yourself with the test and help you do better. The questions found on the practice tests are not the exact same questions you will find on the actual test, but they can help you prepare for the SAT. The questions will be similar to the ones you will find on the actual test in format, but the questions and answers will be different. Taking more than one practice test provides you with the chance to become more familiar with the format of each section, thus increasing your comfort level.

Tip guides can also be a useful tool as you prepare for the SAT. None of the resources will give you the answers for the test, but they can help you understand how the test works. Reading through the tip guides will lead you through your preparations for test day, what you need to bring, what you should know and other useful information about the test. If you typically panic when it comes to testing time, you can even find tip sheets that help you learn to deal with test-taking anxiety so you can do the best you are capable of doing.

If you are struggling in specific areas covered on the tests, you can utilize different online tools, such as games and study guides. These tools help you prepare for the SAT and the various subjects covered within the test. Choose tools in the areas in which you often struggle so you can improve your chances of doing well in all of the areas of the test. While colleges will look at your individual scores from the test, having a strong overall score will help ensure that you can get into the college you want to go to.

While it may seem like a lot of work just to prepare for the SAT, the SAT is important to your future. Without it, you may not get into the school of your choice.
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