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FAQs

Which test—SAT or ACT—should I take?

The ACT is a more straight-forward test. Each question—be it English, Reading, Math, or Science—asks you to perform a specific task, reference a specific rule, or both. The SAT tests the same rules but adds one level of complication—your ability to figure out what’s being asked. Consequently, the questions on the SAT are ‘trickier’ than those on the ACT.

 

How are they comparable? The SAT presents fewer questions in the allotted time. For example, The SAT Reading section presents 52 questions in 65 minutes, while the ACT reading section presents 40 questions in 35 minutes.

 

The question is time versus trickery. If you are able to see passed the trickery, then the SAT is the test for you. If you struggle to see passed the trickery but are able to work well under pressure, then the ACT is the test for you.

How’s this app work?

The main idea is to get you the best score in the least amount of time. Therefore, we pay attention to every answer and all your reactions. With this data, we know what information you already know, what you like and what you don’t like. We then give you a lot of what you need to work on and a little bit of the rest of the stuff, just to make sure you’re still practicing.

Do colleges care which tests you take?

No. Colleges view the tests equally.

Do colleges really have cut-off scores?

There are official cut-off scores. However, colleges normally tend towards scores that fit within a certain range. Colleges are ranked, in part, on the SAT and ACT scores of their students. Therefore, they tend to like scores that either maintain their current rankings or bring them up.

Are there colleges that don't require standardized tests?

Yes, but the list is always changing. The best way to do this is to look at the specific admissions websites of the colleges you’re interested in or search the web for a current list.

If I take the ACT, do I have to subject tests?

The answer to this depends on the school to which you’re applying. The best way to figure out which tests you need to take is to look at the specific admissions websites of the colleges you’re interested in.

Is there a better time to take the SAT or ACT?

Both the SAT and ACT are standardized tests. This means the test makers work very hard to make all the exams the same, or standard. This means there are no easier or harder test dates.

Why do I have to take standardized tests?

SATs and ACTs are used for two main purposes: to compare you to other applicants and for rankings. Colleges are ranked according to the SAT and ACT scores of those attending.

What do SAT and ACT scores mean?

SAT and ACT scores don’t correlate well with success in either high school or college. They’re used to compare you to other applicants.

Do I have to take subject tests?

The answer to this depends on the schools to which you’re applying. The best way to figure out which tests you need to take is to look at the specific admissions websites of the colleges you’re interested in.