SAT vs. ACT Exams


If you are in high school or beginning the journey, you probably have many questions on how to survive, but an enormous one roaming the minds of teenagers everywhere is “What are the SATs or the ACTs?”  You are probably receiving loads of questions from your parents that you may not be able to answer yet but, here is one question that I can answer for you: “What do I need to know about the SAT vs. ACT?”

The first question you may ask yourself is “What is the difference between the SAT and the ACT?” According to the college board website, “the SAT focuses on what you learn in High-School and what you need to succeed in college.” As reported by the Princeton Review defines the ACT as “an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admission decisions.”  The main subjects of each test are English and Math. Both tests help determine your college future, and where you want to be able to strive.

These tests have a major impact on your overall future and your successes.

From reading many skilled articles and talking to past students that have taken either one of the tests, I have gathered some tips and tricks. The College Board website provides tips such as: “Take challenging courses over your high-school career, do your homework, prepare for tests and quizzes, and ask and answer lots of questions.” Fortunately, you can start practicing these tools from the beginning of your schooling, giving you a higher chance of achieving a greater score.

Unfortunately, there is controversy about these standardized tests. Many students and tutors have come to the idea that the SATs and ACTs are biased in many different ways. As reported in FairTests, “Whites still score two hundred points higher than African-Americans and more than one hundred points above all Latino groups.” This is believed because of the “racist origins” of each test and how it affects the pupils taking them. This problem is still being examined by the College Board and many other professors, to create the best test for anyone to take.

In conclusion, the test you choose is based on your decision. Although, it is suggested that you take both for the best overall outcome. It is also advised that you go into great depths on the price of the exams, take practice tests to get you ahead, and talk to past students about their experiences and any other information that you believe will help you, along with your best interests. The main choice you make is you doing your best to thrive.

Written By: Zoe Howes