SAT and ACT Prep and Practice

For the college bound high school student there are many decisions and plans that he or she will need to make. College admissions testing is one of these important actions that he or she will need to plan and prepare for. There are two tests that students may decide to take - The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing, which is currently known only as the ACT. It is up to the student to determine which test is the best fit. Students will want to choose wisely as colleges use these tests along with grades, and extracurricular activities, to determine how students will fair if admitted.

The two tests differ in how they test. The SAT tests the students primarily on his or her reasoning and verbal abilities and is considered more of an aptitude test. The ACT tests what students have learned and is considered an achievement test. The SAT has a stronger focus on vocabulary and writing than the ACT, which has a stronger emphasis on mathematics and includes a science section. Once a student has decided on which test to take, preparation is crucial to success. The specific test that is being taken will affect how a student prepares for it. In addition, strong study habits will also help students as they prepare and practice for the test of their choice. Well in advance of taking the test it is important that students take a hard look at their current method of studying and any habits that could prove problematic when studying for either the SAT or ACT.

There are many valuable tips that can be used to make the necessary adjustments and improve student study skills. Heeding study tips will ensure that study time is productive and effective. In addition to studying, students will also want to brush up on their test taking abilities to ensure that they are performing at their best when it comes time to take the actual test.

Study Tips and Test Taking Tips
SAT Prep and Practice
ACT Prep and Practice
By Scott Shrum