ACT / SAT

ACT Test home page   http://actstudent.org/index.html

SAT Test home page   http://sat.collegeboard.com/home

 

2014 – 2015   ACT TEST DATES

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 13, 2014 August 8, 2014 August 9–22, 2014
October 25, 2014 September 19, 2014 September 20–October 3, 2014
December 13, 2014 November 7, 2014 November 8–21, 2014
February 7, 2015* January 9, 2015 January 10–16, 2015
April 18, 2015 March 13, 2015 March 14–27, 2015
June 13, 2015 May 8, 2015 May 9–22, 2015

 

2014 – 2015 SAT Dates 

SAT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline 
Mail Phone/
Online
Oct 11  Sep 12 Sep 26 Sep 30
Nov 8   Oct 9 Oct 24 Oct 28
Dec 6   Nov 6 Nov 21 Nov 24
Jan 24  Dec 29 Jan 9 Jan 13
Mar 14  Feb 13 Feb 27 Mar 3
May 2   Apr 6 Apr 17 Apr 21
Jun 6   May 8 May 22 May 27

ACT RETESTING  – Research shows that of the students who took the ACT more than once:

·         57% increased their Composite score on the retest

·         21% had no change in their Composite score on the retest

·         22% decreased their Composite score on the retest

Free,  full SAT practice test – online or printed version- http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-practice-test

SAT or ACT?

To SAT or not to SAT? That is, indeed, the question. Now that both the SAT and ACT® are ac-cepted at most colleges, students are faced with an important deci-sion. To help you out with this decision, we’ve gathered some of the questions we hear most fre-quently from students as they are trying to decide which test to take.

What’s the difference?

The crucial difference is that the SAT primarily tests critical think-ing and problem solving while the ACT® is a content-based exam, focusing on what students have learned. This means that, in gen-eral, on the SAT, the questions are the hard part while the ACT is more like a test you’d take in school where the content is the hard part.

The ACT covers slightly more difficult material than the SAT, but the questions are much more straightforward. Preparation for the ACT mainly involves review-ing content and developing strong time management skills.

The SAT is less content-based and more strategy-based. If you look at the SAT and are com-pletely bewildered by the ques-tions (particularly in the math sec-tion), don’t panic! There are sim-ple strategies that you can use to cut through the confusing aspects of the questions and dramatically increase your score. While SAT prep includes content review and time management, the most im-portant aspect is learning how to tackle the exam itself.

Is one test easier?

No. The vast majority of stu-dents score comparably on the two exams, though in Revolution’s experience, it is often easier to improve SAT scores than it is to improve ACT scores. But the sim-ple fact is that some students per-form better on one test than on the other, and the most accurate way to find out is to take a full-length practice test of each.

Which test should I take?

First, it’s important to note that the vast majority of colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT. Some schools will accept the ACT in place of both the SAT Reason-ing Test and SAT Subject Tests. However, not every school accepts both and some schools prefer one test over the other, so make sure you check the requirements of the schools on your list.

The SAT is more popular on the East and West Coast of the United States, and the ACT is more popular in the Midwest and South.  These trends may affect how easy it is to find a test site near you.

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