Should You Take Both the SAT and the ACT Tests?

satactIn 2016, Michigan began offering the SAT test free to high school juniors and seniors, transitioning from the ACT which was previously the test of choice for college admission. Most colleges accept both the SAT and/or ACT scores, but some colleges will only accept one or the other. Check the application process and materials and website for the colleges you are interested in to see what their preferences are.

Of course, you can always take both the SAT and the ACT, as a growing number of schools are encouraging students to do. In fact, a recent national survey of high school juniors and seniors found that 43 percent of college applicants take both the SAT and the ACT.  Here are some reasons why:

  • Many of the test taking skills, mathematics subjects, English and grammar questions, and reading comprehension overlap on the two tests.  Solid preparation for one will usually reflect well on the other.
  • In the admissions process, more information is always better. Submitting scores from both tests gives you an additional opportunity to set yourself apart from other applicants.
  • The test taking experience itself is one of the best score enhancers; and prepping for one test can help a student score higher on the other.
  • Because you can retake both the SAT and ACT, you can submit just your highest scores from each.

If you will be taking the SAT and/or ACT exam as a senior in high school, try to take them as early as possible during your fall semester so you will have enough time to retake the exam in December or January if you decide you’d like to try to improve your score.

Optiminds can help you prepare for both your SAT and ACT with our customized and individualized program designed to help you reach your target score. We even offer support and coaching for parents so they can help you utilize our programs. Just give us a call at (248) 496-0150 or visit our website at to learn more about us and our test preparation programs.


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