College Testing

As the school year comes to an end, many students are preparing for college or workplace.  Many Juniors and/or Seniors are preparing for college testing. Some may take the American College Testing (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).  These two test are required for admission into a college or university. To save money, you may want to research the college you desire to attend and find out which test you are required to take. There are colleges who allow you to pick and choose which test or take both test and choose your highest scoring test.  It is always good to take both and figure out what test suites you and your abilities.


The SAT  is composed of four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math and Essay (optional). The SAT focuses more on a national education level. The SAT is scored on each section is out of 800. They are combined for total composite score. The test usually takes  approximately three hours and some change. The cost is roughly $47.50 up to $64.50 depending on whether you take the Essay portion.


“The SAT is a well developed test with alot of subjects. I will have to say it is not hard but I recommend that you study and get a good night’s rest” exclaimed Tyquan Neal (12)


Meanwhile, the ACT is composed of four sections:  English, Math, Reading and Science, The ACT is more relatable to the things you learn in school and are more familiar with. The ACT test is scored on a scale out of 36 being the highest. This test takes about 2 hours and 55 minutes or an additional hour for the Essay part which is optional .  This test cost around $49.50 up to $58.50 .


More students say the ACT is easier, but there is no actual evidence confirming this theory. It all depends on the individual and their abilities.  


“ I have taken both the SAT and ACT and I prefer the ACT. The ACT was quicker and I felt as though it was the common education we get at school. Here is a tip i will say to someone, give both a try and prepare for it,” explains Arayah West (12)


Make sure you research what your desired college requirements before testing. When testing look over deadlines and costs. Be sure to prepare or it would just be a waste of money and time