ACT, SAT Test Season is Here

College Entrance Exam Season is Here

The academic year is well underway and with a new academic year comes test taking season.  Every year, high schoolers across the country take college entrance exams.  The two most popular tests, the ACT and SAT, are required by nearly all colleges throughout the US.  Depending on where an individual lives, the student might take the ACT or the SAT.  Regardless of what test a student takes, the scores are crucial to acceptance at a college or university.  Without these scores, or with low scores, high school students might miss out on college acceptance.  With that said, here’s everything you need to know about the ACT and SAT test.


The ACT Test

The ACT test was first administered in the late 1950s and aimed at serving as an alternative to the SAT.  The ACT slowly grew in popularity, mainly throughout the Midwest US.  However, in the 2000s, the ACT test served a comparable role to the SAT test and in 2011, surpassed the SAT in popularity.  Today, the ACT is as widely accepted and recognized as the SAT test.

The ACT test is scored on a scale from 1 to 36 with 36 being the highest score possible.  A 36 is a perfect score and is the desired score for a student.  The test features Math, Science, English, and Reading with an optional writing test.  Students have over three hours to complete the ACT.  The ACT is typically administered on Saturdays.  Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, the following test dates are offered;

  • September 9th
  • October 28th
  • December 9th
  • February 10th
  • April 14th
  • June 9th
  • July 14th
(Image : ACT)
(Image : ACT)

The SAT Test

The SAT test has been available to students since 1924 and since its inception has been widely accepted by colleges and higher level institutions.  However, unlike the ACT test which has remained fairly unchanged, the SAT has changed drastically.  Today, the ACT 2 as it’s commonly known, is offered in addition to individual subject tests.  The SAT is especially popular on the east and west coasts.

(Image: SAT)
(Image: SAT)

The SAT test is scored on a scale from 0 to 1600 with 1600 being a perfect score.  The SAT test features mathematics and critical reading and writing with additional subject test available.  Students have 3 to 4 hours to complete the test.  The SAT is typically administered on Saturdays and is offered on the following dates throughout 2017 and 2018;

  • August 26th
  • October 7th
  • November 4th
  • December 2nd
  • March 10th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd

 

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