Which Test Should I Take?
In regards to admissions, colleges do not prefer one test over the other. Although both tests cover very similar material, the ACT provides much less time to solve each problem. As a result, the ACT is more fast-paced and time-intensive, requiring that students work more quickly and efficiently. Additionally, the ACT contains a science section that tests students' abilities to analyze and interpret charts and graphical information.
Both the SAT and ACT contain an optional essay section. Keep in mind that although many colleges do not require the essay, some do. Because the ACT tests slightly more complex math concepts, students that prefer math generally perform better on the ACT than on the SAT. However, the best way to decide which test is right for you is to take practice tests for each. You can find a number of practice tests on the Junior Year and Senior Year pages.
To learn more about the difference between each test, click here.
When Should I Take Them?
Deadlines for College Admissions and Scholarships
Due to the stress of college essays and application deadlines from October to January of 12th grade, it is ideal to take your last SAT or ACT test before your senior year.