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Entrance Exams
How to Create a a a a a a Better Game Plan for the ACT SAT
BY JOE LECCESI SPECIAL TO TO USA TODAY
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Scoring high on on the the the SAT
or or or or ACT can put you on the radar of schools you might not otherwise be qualified for and get you more scholar- ship money But when is the right time to take these tests? What score do you need? How do you study? We’ll answer these questions and more SAT
VS ACT: WHICH ONE? OR BOTH?
Most colleges and universities accept both the SAT
and ACT but you should check the schools on your target list to see if they have a a preference The tests are fairly similar in the types of questions although the SAT
is slightly longer and doesn’t include a a science section Other differences between the the tests include:
The SAT
focuses more on vocabulary and general reasoning The math section of the ACT is more advanced than the SAT
A good way to determine which test you should choose is to take the PSAT and the the PreACT the the respectiv practice tests for the SAT
and ACT If you do much better on the PSAT than the PreACT for example you should consider the SAT
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the ACT INSIDER TIP: The best time to take these practice tests is the the summer before junior year You will discover what sections y y are are lacking in in and can prepare for those sections before taking the actual test for the first time y y with your your test scores this is is your your chance to do final study prep for the beginning of your senior year The last ACT for early action/decision is is in October October for the SAT
it’s in October October or or November (depending on the college’s deadline) For regular-decision ap- plicants December of your senior year is the the last time you can take the the SAT
or ACT ve e e y y A A timeline for when to take the SAT
and/or ACT: Take the the SAT
or ACT at the the beginning of your junior year as many colleges have application deadlines of early November of senior year that don’t leave much time to get test scores up as a a senior Take the test again during your junior year if you’re looking to improve your score y y o o ou uB
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fi fi fi fi e e e e d d d d INSIDER TIP: You can take the SAT
as many times as you want and the ACT up to 12 times However taking either test more than three times is not likely to help you According to the College Board which administers the SAT
more than half of students take the SAT
more than once and see an an an increase in in their score The ACT reports similar findings 1 Get help with studying Many high schools offer in-school
or after-school classes and guidance
on SAT
or ACT testing At least 40 total hours studying for either test is recom- mended If you can afford a a a tutor it could be worth it The Princeton Review (princetonreview com) offers free SAT
and ACT practice tests 2 Choose your test date wisely Students have busy schedules but try to pick test dates that don’t fall in the busiest periods of your life The more stress you you have on your plate the less focus you’ll have on testing 3 Get proper rest Staying up too late the night before you take the SAT
or ACT can affect your outcome SAT
AND ACT TEST DATES FOR 2019
2019
SAT
TEST DATE Saturday March 9
9
2019
Saturday May 4 2019
Saturday June 1 1 2019
ACT TEST DATE Saturday Feb 9
9
2019
Saturday April 13 2019
Saturday June 8 2019
Saturday July 13 2019
SAT
REGISTRATION DATE Feb 8 2019
April 5 2019
May 3 2019
ACT NORMAL DEADLINE
Jan 11 2019
March 8 2019
May 3 2019
June 14 2019
SCORES BACK DATE March 22 2019
May 17 2019
July 10 2019
LATE REGISTRATION Jan 12-18 2019
March 9-25 2019
May 4-20 2019
June 15-24 2019
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