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Which test to take, SAT or ACT?

SAT, ACT, or Both?!,

Which test should students choose?

The SAT is better if you're: 

  • A “good test taker”, if big tests don’t make you very nervous, or if you don’t get overwhelmed easily by unfamiliar information
  • Near a top score, because it’s easier to “ace” (get a 99th percentile or perfect score) than the ACT
  • Good at solving puzzles or “thinking on the fly” - taking unfamiliar information and manipulating it quickly or combining it with knowledge you already have
  • Are an Illinois Student who has practiced the SAT battery of tests throughout their high school career.
    • All junior students at FHS take the SAT on school-wide testing day. 

The ACT is better if you're:

  • Better in classes than on tests
  • Good at learning all the material in the textbook
  • If you prefer lots of structure in your education
  • Scoring in the lower percentiles (the average ACT question is a bit easier than the average SAT question)