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Quiz: Should You Take the ACT or the SAT?

Quiz: Should You Take the ACT or the SAT?


In case you’re still on the fence about which test you want to focus on, here’s a handy quiz!  It sums up all of the ideas we’ve covered so far (except those relating to the optional essays) in one easy-to-use chart.

To use it, just go through and answer “yes” or “no” for each question.  Then tally up your answers and give yourself one point for each “yes.” 


Question Yes No
Do you perform well under time pressure?    
Are you okay with not answering every question on a test?    
Do you struggle to explain why you think an answer is correct?    
Do you have a hard time with high-level vocab words?    
Can you spot details in a passage without reading it closely?    
Do you dread doing math without a calculator?    
Do you excel at geometry?    
Do you prefer each topic be tested separately?    
Do you understand experimental design?    
Do you like science?    


Scroll down for an explanation of what your score means.


Let’s go through what your score means!

0 – 3:  You’re an SAT person!

If you answered “no” to most of the questions, you’ll probably find the SAT more your style.  You don’t mind slightly harder questions as long as you don’t have to rush and don’t have to cover too much material.


4 – 7:  You can do either!

If you answered “no” and “yes” roughly the same amount, you will probably find the tests equally approachable.  If you’re willing to put in the time, try taking one practice test for each and see if you have a strong preference.


8 – 10:  You’ll like the ACT!

If you answered mostly “yes,” then you’re more of an ACT person.  You don’t mind moving quickly, memorizing material, or answering questions about science.