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 Caost and in the Northeastern United States,
while the ACT® is more popular in the Midwestern and Southern United States.
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
foci 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 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 no preference for one test over the other. All U.S. four-year colleges that require
an admissions test now accept both exams.
Q If I take the
ACT® do I still need to take SAT®
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.