The good news is that all American colleges and universities that require submission of standardized test scores as a part of a student’s application will consider a student’s score on the SAT or ACT.
Colleges look at your success on these tests as interchangeable – even though the tests assess your skills and knowledge quite differently.
The prompt will ask for an academic analysis of the persuasive elements used in a 750-word passage.
In short, for the ACT, students will need to formulate an opinion and present an argument on a given topic; whereas for the SAT, they’ll be analyzing an argument already made by someone else.
Reading: The ACT reading section is relatively easy to understand, measured at a 9th-grade reading level throughout the entire section.
The SAT reading section will vary in difficulty throughout the exam, so some passages will be more complex than others to read.Does that sound just like the science passages on the SAT’s Evidence-Based Reading section? For students who are good at finding evidence-based answers from passages and graphs, this section can be an opportunity to shine.The next major thing to consider is the no-calculator math section on the SAT.The bottom line is that both tests are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities to colleges, and it’s worthwhile to spend the time preparing to perform as well as possible on at least one and add a strengthening factor to the college application.You know you have to take one or both of these exams to get into college, so which should you choose?For the foreseeable future most colleges will continue to judge applicants and their perceived potential based on their scores on the SAT or ACT.If you want to have the most college options, you need to take the SAT and/or ACT.The most glaring difference is the ACT’s Science Test, which is missing from the SAT.However, even this distinction is less drastic than it first seems.For example, the SAT generally allows for more time per question (see comparison chart below); however, the SAT’s questions tend to require more logical reasoning, since they’re less straightforward.So while an ACT math question is doable within under a minute, a corresponding SAT problem would require those few extra seconds.