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Which test is more important to colleges the ACT or the SAT?

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Thank you comment icon Hi Tyler! Since the ACT has been popular for less time, admissions staff might be less familiar with what the scores mean. With that being said, most colleges nowadays don't place a greater emphasis on either test. However, you should contact colleges you're interested in just to make sure you're aware of any benefits that could arise by taking either test. If you find that the colleges you're looking at think the ACT and SAT are of equal importance, it's up to you to decide which test better suits you. If you're better at reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, you might want to consider taking the SAT. If you're comfortable with general knowledge, grammar &syntax, and have a strong grasp of science, the ACT might suit you better. I hope this helps and I wish you the best! Mireia

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Estelle’s Answer

While SAT vs. ACT preference is university dependent, in the state of Texas, there was more of an emphasis on SAT than ACT when my children applied to state schools.
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Alyssa’s Answer

Hi Sam,


Most colleges typically accept both test's scores. I would recommend taking both tests, and submitting the scores of whichever test you did better in. Since the tests are different in structure and question subjects, its common that you will do better in one test over the other. It's also important to know for sure that the colleges you're applying to accept both test scores versus one or the other.


Best of luck!

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Sam’s Answer

Hello Tyler,

It 's not really the case that one test is more important than the other. It's just that you need to take the test that is required by the college/university for admission. So for example if the university requires SAT scores, then you must take the SAT exam.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Tyler:

Thank you for your question. As others have shared some great advice, I'd like to chime in on my perspective for your consideration. When my young adults were in college they took both tests, SAT & ACT. That way, no matter what school they applied to they were covered on both exams. They got into the college of their choice on the first round. Regarding the schools you want to apply to, you might want to check with the college admissions office and/or visit their website to see what their requirements are (SAT vs ACT). Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila
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