Sunday, August 19, 2007

Should Students Take the ACT or SAT?

One of the most common questions students and their parents ask is whether students are more likely to score well on the ACT or the SAT? Some are advised to take both since there is no sure way to predict which test an individual student will do best on. But, there are some interesting opinions on this question, including those of John Katzman, founder and chairman of the Princeton Review.

John has worked with a lot of kids on the ACT and SAT, and describes his rule of thumb:

1) A student is bright but doesn’t work very hard. He or she is very verbal and loves puzzles. Suggest the SAT.

2) A student works really hard and learns a lot, but has trouble with tests. Suggest the ACT.

3) A student fits neither profile, and you need to make a quick decision. Suggest ACT if a girl and SAT if a guy.