How is the ACT different from the SAT?

Essentially, SAT questions involve more nuance and thought, but students have more time to think through the questions.  The ACT is more straightforward, but students must work faster. Also, the ACT has a Science section which the SAT does not.

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How do I decide whether my student should take the ACT?

Most students take both tests – usually the SAT in fall or winter and the ACT in spring of the junior year – to see whether one is better.  Certain types of students are much better suited to one test than the other.  

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Can my student take the ACT without doing any prep?

Students must do some practice on their own to adjust to the faster pace on the ACT. Those who don’t often say the test seemed easy but that they didn’t finish.  Students who take the test “cold” often have artificially low scores that reflect inexperience rather than lack of aptitude. Even very strong students MUST take at least one practice test so that they are not caught off-guard by the differences.

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Do schools “superscore” the ACT?

Every year more do, but most still do not.  Check the schools’ websites.