How can a student figure out which standardized tests to take, when, and how many times?
I recommend all students take both the SAT and the ACT. Why do both? Every college in the country will accept either test and have no preference for which set of test scores you submit. The SAT is more of a reasoning test while the ACT is more of an achievement test, so some students do much better on one over the other. It’s impossible to tell before taking the test which one will leave you with a higher score, so it’s in your best interest to take both. The SAT has three parts: Critical Reading, Math and Writing. The ACT has four main components: English, Math, Reading and Science with a fifth, optional Writing component. Most colleges do want to see the optional Writing scores if you choose to take the ACT.