Making sense of the ACTs/SATs

standardized testsIf you’re like most students, you probably have lots of questions about taking standardized tests like the SATs and ACTs. We’re pleased to answer some frequently asked questions about test prep.

Why do I need to take standardized tests? Doesn’t the college want to get to know me

Absolutely. But tests like the SATs and ACTs give schools a fair way to determine if you have the academic skills you’ll need to do well in college.

Which test should I take?

If you’re good at memorizing facts and figures, the ACT may be your best choice. If you’re better at reasoning, then you may want to take the SATs.

How can I improve my test scores?

The more challenging your high school classes are, the better you are to perform on standardized tests. Also, be sure to prepare for tests well in advance. You can also take practice tests to become familiar with the types of questions you’ll be asked.

Will I be judged solely on my SAT/ACT scores?

No, admissions officers consider your entire academic record, as well as your essay, extracurricular activities, and any other information you provide during your admissions interview or through your letters of recommendation.

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