Should you take the SAT or ACT? Or both? Find out more about these two college assessment tests, how they differ from each other and how you can be better prepared before the big test date!

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  • General Process - SAT vs. ACT
  • So which should you take? It's all about the numbers. Some students end up scoring substantially higher on the SAT; others do better on the ACT. Each stresses different aspects of your knowledge base, so take the test that best plays to personal strengths. There are other subtle differences between the two, so consult a high school counselor before signing up. Below, various websites weigh in with their opinions.
  • The ACT
    Math.com – Kaplan Test Prep
    Peterson’s College Search
    Princeton Review: ACT vs. SAT
    Revolution Prep
  • Test Registration
  • ACT
  • www.ACTstudent.org
  • This is the site to use when registering and preparing to take the ACT college placement exam. Most information is free, but some resources, like the online preparation service or the detailed ACT preparation guide, must be purchased. Free exam features include the “Question of the Day,” practice test questions, test taking tips and a downloadable 80 page document on preparing for the test. Other site assistance includes college and career planning, acquiring financial aid, and a section for student blogs.
  • SAT
  • SAT
  • www.collegeboard.com/sat-achieve-more
  • Register and review for the SAT here. This portion of the College Board site deals strictly with registering, preparing and taking the SAT exam. Test dates, “Question of the Day,” and study items for purchase are also available.
  • Practice & Strategy
  • Number2
  • www.number2.com
  • Free online test prep for ACT, SAT, GRE and Vocab - Number2.com's online test preparation courses are totally free. By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials and practice sessions that consider each student's abilities. The Vocab Builder adjusts to your ability level and gives you tougher words as your vocabulary improves. The words that you get right are stored for later review; when you get them right a second time, they go into your personal list of words mastered.
  • Princeton Review
  • Princeton Review
  • www.princetonreview.com
  • Tutoring and test preparation are offered here for the PSAT, SAT and ACT as well as the major graduate entrance exams. There is a comparison between SAT and ACT on which you should take and why. Since Princeton sponsors neither entrance exam, you may want to consult this site when deciding. College, major, career and study abroad searches and best institution lists can be found here as well. A free account must be created to utilize the full site.