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ACT vs New SAT: A Comprehensive Breakdown
- November 20, 2015
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There are many questions that arise during the junior and senior years of high school. Should I take the SAT or ACT? Which test am I better suited for? How is the SAT Exam different from the the ACT Exam?
These are great questions and one of our goals here at Central Bucks Learning Academy is to help you find the right answers! In order to assist you in this process, we have put together a comprehensive series of charts comparing the two exams, the New SAT and ACT exams. One important factor to keep in mind is that all major colleges and universities will accept the ACT exam with a completed Essay Section in place of the SATs.
New SAT vs. ACT Comparison
The New SAT exam will be released in March of 2016. In an attempt to address the broad criticism that the SAT Exam is confusing, tricky, and contained obscure content, the College Board has completed a major overhaul to the SAT exam. The New SAT Exam has been changed to resemble the ACT Exam while still maintaining itself as an aptitude test. In addition, the College Board has also incorporated a more detailed set of sub scores to allow students to have a better idea of the areas of the exam they had difficulty and success with. In an effort to clarify and clearly identify the differences between the New SAT and the ACT Exam, the Staff of Central Bucks Learning Academy has taken the time to create a series of comparison charts with short explanations to help students and parents delineate between the two.
ACT English vs SAT Writing and Language
In the SAT Writing and Language section, The College Board has broken away from many of their traditional questions by including a passage based format similar to that of the ACT English section. Notable exclusions include sentence completions and short passages. Passage are approximately 500-700 words in length with similar answer choices to the ACT Exam
ACT Reading vs. NEW SAT Reading
The New SAT Reading section has also undergone changes to more closely align itself with traditional school content. Some of these changes include, longer passages, evidence based questions, and the inclusion of charts and figures.
ACT Math vs NEW SAT Math
Both the SAT Math and the ACT Math sections retain many similarities, but there are also many differences. The New SAT Math section is primarily focused on Algebra, with few Geometry and Trigonometry questions. The College Board has made these questions more straightforward than in the Old SAT, but the questions are still very rigorous. In addition, the New SAT also includes a section where students are prohibited from using their calculator, while the ACT still maintains their use of the calculator.
Science in the ACT and New SAT
The Key difference between the ACT and the New SAT, is that the SAT exam incorporates their science content into the other components of the exam, while the ACT has a stand alone science section.
ACT vs SAT Essay
The Essay component of both ACT and the New SAT are both optional. It would be wise to check college and university requirements before opting out of this feature of the exams. Most schools require the ACT Exam with a completed essay and it looks like this will likely Be the same for the New SAT.
Which Test Should I Take?
Deciding between the New SAT and the ACT Exams can be a difficult decision. Here are a series of questions/points of interest for each exam.
Ultimately, the best way to decide between the two exams, is to take a practice exam for each. Contact us at Central Bucks Learning Academy, if you would like a copy of a practice test for both or either exam. No matter which test you choose to take, you are going to need to prepare, that’s where the expertise of the Central Bucks Learning Academy SAT/ASCT tutors can make all the difference. Let us help guide you through the process and teach you the tricks necessary to beat the test creators at their own game.