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
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 subject tests?
A This requirement varies from college to college. Some
colleges require SAT 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.