Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The ACT - The Alternative to the SAT

After learning hard for the SAT and taking the quiz at least two times, you are still not satisfied with your score. What to do? Well, you can bring the SAT again, or you can consider the ACT. Both exams are acceptable at all colleges. College admissions officers do not favor one exam over the other. And depending upon the type of student you are, the ACT may fit your skills better than the SAT.

The ACT is curriculum based, that is, the problems are aimed more at what you actually learn in high School. Therefore the ACT is more knowledge based and straightforward. The SAT on the other hand is more of a causeing quiz which favors students who have excellent problem solving skills. The format of the ACT consists of three mini quizs-Math, English and Science with an optional 30 minute writing quiz. While the ACT is shorter (2 hours 55 minutes vs. 3 hours 45 minutes for the SAT), it is more time intensive-the student must answer each problem quickly in order to fetch through an entire section in the allotted time.

Many college advisors contend there are two distinct groups of students which may score much higher on one quiz or the other. high achievers who fetch the highest grades in the most difficult lessones through hard job generally do better on the ACT. gifted underachievers who are bored in lesson generally do better on the SAT. Which type of student are you?

My advice for all high School juniors is simple. After you receive your May or June SAT score, check to see whether your SAT score fits into the admissions criteria for the schools you will be applying to. If not, purchase The real ACT Prep Guide (2nd Edition) and familiarize yourself with the quiz during the summer. bring the ACT in September or October of your senior year. Whichever quiz yields the highest score, send the scores of that quiz along with your college application. It's a no lose projob.

Article Source: http://Education.50806.com/

Author By Steven Weisman

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