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A College Admissions Blog

How To Choose The SAT or ACT

I am not a huge fan of standardized testing, but the SAT and ACT are not going away any time soon. While there are an increasing number of colleges that are “test optional” (see fairtest.org), the SAT and ACT remain important for admission to selective colleges. Traditionally the SAT was taken by students on the coasts, since that is what colleges there required, while the ACT was taken by most students in the middle of the country for the same reason.  Today, however, since all colleges except either test, many students elect to take both and use conversion charts to see which “looks better.” There have always been differences in the two tests however, and therefore different strategies for success

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