SAT® vs ACT® FAQ
Q Which test is more popular?
A In 2014, approximately 1.67 million students took
the SAT® and 1.84 million students took the ACT®. The ACT® has been slightly more popular
nationwide since 2013, however, there are still some regional differences. The
SAT® remains more popular on the west coast and in the northeast United States,
while the ACT® is more popular in the midwest and southern U.S.
Q Is one test easier than the other?
A The ACT® and the SAT® assess similar academic
concepts with subtle differences in the way questions are asked. They differ slightly in their
focuses and the amount of time that students have to solve each individual question.
Approximately 20% of students will naturally perform better on one of the two
We recommend that all students take both tests before the end of their junior year
to see if they excel more on the SAT® or ACT®.
Q Is it true that Ivy League schools
prefer the SAT®?
A No. In the past that may have been true,
but now there is now preference for one test over the other. All U.S. four year colleges that require
a admissions tests now accept both exams, and there is not a preference for one exam over the other.
Q If I take the
ACT® do I still need to take SAT®
A This requirement varies from college to
college. Some colleges require SATv subject tests even if you take the ACT®, while some colleges
waive the SAT® subject test requirement if you take the ACT®, and some colleges do
not require SAT® subject tests at all. Be sure to check with the admissions office
for each college you plan on applying to.
Q How can I compare my
SAT® and ACT® scores?
A ACT® and College Board have both
released concordance tables to compare SAT® and ACT® scores.