What is the difference between the SAT and ACT?
- Both are college admissions exams
- Check to see which assessment your college requires. Historically, most mid-west schools examine the ACT and schools on the east/west and ivy league schools look more at the SAT.
- ACT is an achievement test that measures what the student has learned through high school. It covers English, Math, Reading, and Science.
- SAT is more of an aptitude test, measuring reasoning and verbal abilities; it measure English, Math, and Critical Reading.
Should I take the writing section of the ACT?
- Check to see if the University you plan to attend requires it.
- Most schools do not require it; however, there are a few that do.
- It is not figured into your composite score; it is an additional score.
- When students take the state-wide ACT as juniors, they will take the ACT Plus Writing test, so all students will have at least one test with that result.
Do I have to register for the state-wide ACT test?
- PHHS will register and pay for all current juniors for the state-wide ACT test date in April.
Since I have to take the state-wide ACT test as a junior, should I register for another test my junior year or have the state-wide test be my first test?
- It is our recommendation that all juniors take at least one national ACT test before they take the state-wide test in April of their junior year.
- Many students will take the December, February or April test during their junior year before they take the state-wide test in April.