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Taking both the SAT and ACT may improve your college admissions chances


Thursday, September 27, 2012
High school seniors preparing for college now face a very competitive college admissions process, as the number of applicants often exceeds available spaces. According to a new report, taking both the SAT and ACT may give you an admissions advantage.

The survey, conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, the test preparation division of Kaplan, Inc., revealed 18 percent of the 350 college admissions officials surveyed believe there is a competitive benefit to submitting both SAT and ACT scores as part of the college application, as long as both scores are strong. While this figure may seem low, Jieun Choe, Kaplan's executive director of K-12 and college admission programs, said it is significant for students applying to college.

"While the vast majority of schools say there’s no advantage to submitting scores from both tests, 18 percent is enough of a percentage to take notice," said Choe. "With applicants competing for every advantage in the college admissions process, it may be one strategy to consider, as taking both tests can be viewed by some as a sign of extra drive and motivation."

A potential benefit of taking both exams is the difference between the material presented on each test. According to The Princeton Review, the SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary while the ACT tests more advanced math concepts. While both tests include sections on Math and Reading, the ACT also includes a Science section while the SAT has a mandatory Writing section. By taking both tests you may be able to provide a broader picture of your abilities and potential.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800872580-ADNFCR

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