SAT vs ACT-Picking the Best Test for Your Child

Is your child in high school? If so, then you will soon have to decide if he/she should take the SAT or ACT test. #SAT #ACT

Consider these 5  issues when picking the best test for your child.

  1. Timing-Does your child have trouble finishing tests in school, but does not qualify for an extra time accommodation? If so, the SAT is the way to go.
  2. Reasoning-Does your child succeed in school but have weaker reasoning skills? The ACT is more curriculum based and may be an easier route for your student.
  3. Science-Students who excel at science often prefer the ACT, where they will have a chance to show off their superior science reasoning skills in the ACT Science section.
  4. Mental math-Students who excel in mental math often prefer the SAT, since the new SAT has a math section with no calculator.
  5. Surprises-Does your child hate surprises on tests? Does he/she study excessively and still feel tricked on the test day? The ACT is generally more straightforward and is better suited to students who have difficulty in applying knowledge to new problem types.

Want to learn more about the SAT and ACT tests? Check back next time for more details about each test.

Sarah Weltman

About the Author
Sarah Weltman is a leading test prep expert in the New York/New Jersey area. She enables students to achieve outstanding scores on many standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT. Sarah completed her master’s degree in Economics from NYU in 2010. She graduated with her B.A. from NYU in 2009, summa cum laude and phi beta kappa. During her time at NYU, Sarah was a Presidential Honors Scholar and was a member of the Dean’s List for Academic Achievement. Upon her graduation, she received the Founders Day Award as well as departmental recognition for having the best undergraduate thesis in the International Relations Program. As the founder of Tutoring Solutions Group, she has personal involvement with all students who receive assistance from us. Her commitment to student and parent satisfaction is unparalleled in the education and test prep field.
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