The SAT, full-length practice tests, and sample questions, visit the SAT website.
The SAT Subject Tests, including free practice questions, visit the SAT Subject Test website.
The ACT and free test preparation materials, visit the ACT website.
Or contact your your nearest EducationUSA Advising Center.
Three main tests play a role in the admissions review— the SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT.
Most colleges and universities in the United States require the SAT or ACT for admissions. Remember, application requirements vary, so be sure to confirm which test(s) you must take with the institutions to which you plan to apply.
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SAT Subject Tests are multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge in specific subject areas.
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The SAT Subject Tests are also scored on a 200-800 scale.
The ACT is a curriculum-based multiple- choice test that measures knowledge on subjects typically taught in U.S. high schools.
The ACT measures student achievement in English, math, reading, and science reasoning, and also has an optional writing section.
Students receive a “raw score”—the total number of correct responses—for each of the four subject areas. That number is converted into a “scaled score” from 1 to 36. Then, the scaled scores are added together and divided by four to calculate a “composite score.” Overall composite scores range from 1 to 36.
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Also think about:
What are your best subjects? Students stronger in science and math may benefit from taking the ACT because it tests science reasoning and trigonometry.
What format do you prefer? The SAT has shorter, more varied sections, and the ACT has longer sections.
What is the availability and location of testing centers?
What testing dates are available?