The question has been asked by every students and parents in the beginning of their game plans. It has been always asked prior to the 2016 SAT reform. And it is being asked even more furiously since 2016. The question is which test, SAT or ACT, should be taken.
The answer you receive is pretty much the same from all of the test consultants. They tell you: it depends. SAT allows more time per question in exchange for asking you harder and deeper thinking questions. ACT seems easier but you are required to give systematically better first shots at the questions. It is a crime of such an answer, regardless whether it be paid or not. The statement is true, but answers no question. You are not asking to compare or contrast the two popular tests. You only want to know which one.
Here is my single crystal clear answer. If you understand and take it to your action, you will benefit. My answer is, to take both — SAT first, then ACT. SAT is harder than ACT in terms how the questions are made. Should only ACT be yours, you’d better prepare for SAT because the above reason. It will be always beneficiary to use SAT materials in preparing ACT. Well, you prepared for SAT, why shouldn’t you take it? Prepare for SAT first, take it; then take a short gap, say a month, to allow you adjust for ACT. Thus, you bring the best of yourself in front of the tests. Since 1990s, taking a harder prep for the easier test is always my advice. And many who took mine, benefited.
SAT prep process is your next strategic decision. You have to know that the average score boost out of America’s most popular SAT programs is about 20-50 points optimistically. That translates to merely an addition of 2-5 questions to the correct answer list in your final report, or 1-3% of the entire test. How can 30-50 hours of $3000+ prep work only help in such tiny fraction of test? Inefficiency is all their problem. They help you to re-learn or re-study on the math and reading and grammar facts that you have been taught for years. Can Geometry be re-learnt in a few hours when you didn’t learn as much as you should in a whole school year of that course? You have to ask. The facts that you have not learnt tend to be the harder parts of the course that reasonably need more work time of you. How can you overcome that shortage of knowledge within a limited time, often in a couple months?
Mind2learn has the answer. Our unified models can help you score your additional 100 points in ten hours of reading practice, and five hours of math work. These models are called unified models because they can be tuned to most situations in their respective subjects. Instead of having you learn the quadratic operations, data measures, complex formulas, and similarity and congruence, we teach you one model for all the math. Similar model for reading. You practice simple rules in tuning such models and you are done within a short time. We believe, no one should put more than 20 hours of quality work in order to strike 700+ in SAT or 32+ in ACT.
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Prepare SAT, take it; Adjust for ACT in a month then take it. To best prepare yourself for SAT and ACT, take advantage of mind2learn’s unified models.
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