Which Standardized Test is Right for You?


Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?   What about Pepsi or Coke?  Where do you stand on comic books—do you like Marvel or DC?  These preferences are rather inconsequential, but they are spiritually similar to the standardized test debate: should I take the SAT or ACT?  The answer is, “Whichever one you like more.”  However, if you actually ask students which test they “like more,” you are likely to get confused looks and scrunched faces exclaiming “Ew, I hate all standardized tests equally.”  So how can you determine which test to take?  The number 1 way to decide is to take one full-length SAT and one full-length ACT and then to compare your scores on a chart like this one:

*Graph is courtesy of Clear Choice Test Prep

If, however, you don’t have a spare 6 or 7 hours to devote to taking both full-length tests, you can make an educated and informed decision based on the fundamental differences between these two options.  Take this quiz below to figure out which test is right for you!

  • I enjoy reading in my spare time:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I generally understand what I am reading the first time around. I do not need to re-read a text to understand it:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I have no difficulty using the context of a text to determine the meaning of complicated vocabulary words:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I am stressed out by time limits for tests or tasks.

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I do NOT always need a calculator to do basic math problems.

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I hate “science” in all its forms. It’s my least favorite subject:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I consider myself an analytical thinker:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I enjoy logic puzzles and problem-solving:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I quickly understand charts, tables, and graphs:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

  • I would rather write an essay critiquing someone else’s argument, than make and support an argument of my own:

Agree (5 pts)           Somewhat Agree (4 pts)        Neutral (3 pts)           Somewhat disagree (2 pts)                          Disagree (1 pt)

Now, add up your points!

10 to 25 = Take the ACT

26 to 34 = Too close to call

35 to 50 = Take the SAT

There are a lot of differences between the SAT and ACT.  If you’re not sure which test is best for you, then give me a call at +971 4 299 0077 or send me an e-mail at Jeffrey@HaleEducation.com





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