SAT and ACT: Why you should take both.

Yesterday, we wrote about the differences between the SAT and ACT. After studying the differences between the SAT and ACT, you may wonder: Should I take the ACT or SAT?

The answer is yes. Wait, what was your question?

You should take both exams. Why?

1. Studying for the SAT will help with the ACT (and vice versa)

While there are certainly major differences in format for both the SAT and ACT, there are many elements of the tests that are the same. For instance, the skills you need to succeed in the SAT Reading section are very similar to those you’ll need to get a great score on the ACT Reading section, and surprisingly, you’ll be well prepared for the ACT Science section as well. If you know everything you need to know to improve your score in the ACT Math section, you’ll see significant improvement in the SAT Math section. Once you’ve mastered all the skills necessary for a perfect score in the SAT Writing section, you’ll be ready to do your best on the ACT English section.

2. It’s impossible to know for sure which test is better suited for your skill set.

Sure, Higher Learning tutors can help you decide which test to take first, or, if you’re in a crunch, whether the SAT or ACT will most likely match your skill set. However, the only way to know for sure is to take both tests. Maybe you like the simplicity of the ACT’s format. But, perhaps the tight time restrictions don’t suit your pace. Perhaps you like the SAT’s shorter sections, but then the vocabulary questions rock your world (in a bad way). You’ve dedicated thousands of hours to your studies so far. Spend a few extra giving yourself the best chance to get in to the college or university of your dreams.

Studying for the ACT and SAT is easier than ever. If you’re reading this post, one-on-one private SAT and ACT tutoring is a couple clicks away. We meet with our students one-on-one using Skype and Google Hangouts. Video-conference technology allows us to reach students any where in the world. So, drop us a line: or just find us on Skype. Search for “Higher Learning Test Prep” or just little ol’ me, Paul Donaldson. We’ll be happy to set up a meeting on Skype to get you set up with the perfect tutor.

Happy Studying!
Paul Donaldson
Director at Higher Learning Test Prep