SAT or ACT? The Choice is Yours!

Should you take the SAT or ACT?There are two major types of college entrance exams currently accepted by most colleges. These are the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT) examinations. The ACT test was developed in the late 1950’s, and hras recently become more popular with test-takers than the SAT, which is 30 years older.

Students may question whether it is better to take the SAT or ACT assessment to prepare for college. The short answer to that is – play to your strengths. The tests are slightly different, so you want to take the one that is most conducive to your test-taking style.

An SAT may be more your style if you have strong reading skills and a sizable vocabulary. The person who thinks more quickly and can memorize facts easily will be more likely to fare well on the ACT.

The SAT tends to ask more obscure questions, and be geared toward problem-solving skills and logical reasoning. ACT exams contain more straightforward questions, and largely follow curriculum learning.

The SAT, where students are allowed three hours and 45 minutes to complete the exam, takes longer to finish than the ACT, which lasts two hours and 55 minutes, plus an additional optional 30-minute writing sample.

Nearly any college is likely to accept either the SAT or ACT exam toward college admission. Choose the one which better matches the types of exams on which you excel. If your high school offers both and you can afford two exam fees, then there is usually no harm in taking both exams.

Bobby Touran is the founder and CEO of ApplyKit. ApplyKit helps students manage their entire college application process and also provides key resources to help them excel every step of the way.