Since most colleges and universities accept either the SAT or the ACT test, many area rising High School Juniors and Seniors are unsure which test they should be taking in order to best represent their academic strengths.

Before making this decision, students and their parents need to be aware of the differences between the tests.

The ACT is considered a curriculum-based test, meaning the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics and science. The SAT, on the other hand, is not as straightforward and is more of an aptitude test.

Generally, students who do well in school are more comfortable taking the ACT because they will be tested on what they have already learned, while students who are good test takers and have strong deductive reasoning skills generally prefer the SAT.


–Debbie Ausch is director of Prodigy Learning Center in Larchmont

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