When applying to college, students are often asked for their ACT or SAT test scores. Schools may use the results of these tests as they evaluate applications. For this reason, students are encouraged to register for these tests a few months ahead of sending in their applications, may consider taking them more than once, and should consider spending time on test preparation.
The SAT and the ACT are each best for different types of students, and it might take trial and error to find which one better showcases your abilities. The earlier you begin taking practice tests and figuring out your testing strategy, the better off you’ll be. Most colleges don’t require that applicants take both tests, so if the school you are applying to doesn’t specify which one they want you to take, you can choose the one you think you’ll do best at. The SAT is a great test for people who are confident in their mathematical and verbal skills, but would like to be able to take their time and answer carefully. The ACT, on the other hand, is designed for fast test-takers and people who have knowledge in science, as well as math, reading and writing. Consider these before you decide which test you want to focus on.
Once you’ve signed up to take one of these tests, you’ll want to make certain you’re prepared to do well! Start studying and practicing as soon as you can before the big day. There are hundreds of tools you can use, including study books from test administration organizations, like the College Board, and test preparation classes from organizations like Kaplan. These tools are great, but they tend to be a bit expensive.
Fortunately, there are free SAT and ACT prep tools that you can use, as well. Kahn Academy is a great online service that offers SAT and ACT practice questions, study concepts and exposure to the way information is presented during the tests. Half the battle of preparing for these tests is just knowing what to expect, and practice ahead of time will help you do that.
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) wants to see every North Carolina student succeed in their goal of planning for and applying to college and this can mean presenting the best possible scores on the SAT or ACT if the results are requested by their school. So, create an account on the CFNC website and start practicing for your tests today!