Why take the ACT over the SAT | Tulsa ACT Tutoring

by Dominick Cooper, Founder and Dorector of Launch Academy Titlring Company, and University guest speaker on education. ACT tutoring guru and recognized in top 2% of national test takers.

So, many parents and students are unsure of which test to take – the ACT or the SAT. Both are necessary for college admissions (though that may change) and, depending on your score, could be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

What?! Yes, tens of thousands.

That’s a car. A down payment on a house. A 3 years supply of daily, fructose-rich meals from McDonalds. Oh, what dreams!

With this at stake, which is the best test to take? While we do have another article outlining the differences between the two tests, we are partial to the ACT and here’s why:

1. The ACT is aligned to United States high school curriculum

This means that the subject matter is going to be over concepts and facts that students have already been exposed to.  The SAT, on the other hand, focuses more on critical thinking (is your high schooler a good critical thinker?) and grammar/vocabulary.

2. The ACT is cut-and-dry
Here are two sample math questions testing the same concept.

From the ACT
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From the SAT

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While they may look similar, the SAT can be more difficult for many students to sift through the word problems.  In addition to that, the SAT typically has more word problems in their math sections than the ACT.

3. The ACT is growing in popularity

Last year, the number of students who took the ACT surpassed the number of students who took the SAT! This trend is expected to only continue to grow as more and more colleges accept both tests.

4. The ACT is more predictable

Because the ACT is aligned to high school subject matter, it is much easier to predict the types of questions that will be on the test.  This knowledge has allowed us as a company to develop a rockstar ACT prep program that covers all the concepts that are likely to be tested.  And, with our average score being a 27, we’re seeing some great results.

If you’re interested in ACT tutoring or would like to know more about the differences between the ACT and SAT, just give us a shout and we’d love to help!


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