Students who do better on the ACT typically...
Students who do better on the SAT typically...
enjoy science, economics, or debate
enjoy brain teasers or riddles
work hard in school to earn good grades
don't have to study to pass tests
are "book smart"
are "street smart"
are good writers
are good at reading between the lines
are better at reading for general ideas
have a good eye for detail
Who takes it?
Popular in the Mid-West and the South
More common on the East and West coasts
What is the top score, national average?
36 is perfect
21 is the national average
2400 is perfect
1500 is the national average
What if you miss a question?
There is no penalty for a wrong answer, so don't leave any blank.
You lose points for incorrect answers, so don't guess blindly
What does it test?
Based on curriculum learned in high school.
Reasoning & Logic
What topics are tested?
Math (up to Trigonometry); Reading, Writing & Science.
Math (up to Algebra II); Reading, Writing & Grammar.
How should you prepare?
The ACT is similar to your high school exams, but you need to know what is tested. The more you practice the questions, the better you'll score.
The SAT is tricky and requires you to utilize analytical thinking and logic. It is very "coachable" as you can learn to use reasoning to solve these problems.
Where do you sign-up?