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Students can benefit from taking SAT, ACT

As the director of Huntington Learning Center in Williamsville, I have worked with many students prepping for the SAT and ACT. In our center, we take a lot of pride in the ability to help students determine the best test for their targeted colleges based on their strengths and weaknesses. We know the format of both tests very well from working with them so closely.
One of our students brought in the NeXt article, “Which test is better for you – SAT or ACT?” for us to read. This is often a difficult choice for students to make, but a very important decision affecting their future and I was happy to see such an article printed. I wanted to correct a couple of the statements made in the article. As stated, the ACT Reading Section has 40 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. However, the SAT Reading Section has 67 questions to be completed in 70 minutes, not 54, as stated. Also, as far as the total number of questions on each exam, the SAT has 170 (not 140), the ACT has 215. Another important distinction between the exams is the composite score. The SAT is scaled and out of 2,400 points, whereas the ACT is out of 36 total points. The national average is approximately 1,500 on the SAT, equivalent to a 19 on the ACT.
Making the decision to take the SAT or ACT is a critical one. While the SAT is more familiar in this area, both tests are equally accepted at all major colleges and universities. It is definitely worth the time and effort to try both exams. Depending on the student, performance may be much better on one than the other.
Kari Kibler
Williamsville