Know your tests.
What is the SAT®?
The Scholastic Assessment Test by the College Board serves as an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admission decisions. The SAT is the oldest college-admissions test still in use.
What is the ACT®?
The ACT, formerly known as the College American Testing Program, serves the same purpose as the SAT but is different from the SAT. Roughly equal numbers of high school students take both tests each year.
Colleges view the SAT and ACT as equals. They do not prefer one set of scores over the other.
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SAT® vs ACT®
SAT® vs ACT®
- Need to work on time management, or is testing under pressure not a problem? Examine the number of questions and time limits on both tests to find out which one best matches your natural abilities.
- There’s no Science Test on the SAT like there is on the ACT, but there is an Analysis in Science cross-test score. That said, most colleges won’t pay much (if any) attention to your SAT sub-scores.
- The SAT provides you with a diagram of math formulas, while the ACT does not. Moreover, the SAT includes grid-in questions on its Math Test.
- The ACT Math Test accounts for one-fourth of your total score. On the SAT, however, the Math Test accounts for half of your total score, making the subject twice as important on the SAT!
How can myKlovr help you navigate the standardized tests?
MyKlovr is a virtual college counselor that compares your student profile, including your standardized test scores, with our extensive college admissions database. We provide you with personalized recommendations of focus areas and steps that you should take to increase your chances of college acceptance. MyKlovr will tell you when you should take which test, if your test scores are high enough, and how to go about increasing them. Additionally, myKlovr will advise you how to build your non-academic track record to make your college application even stronger and stand out from the crowd of applicants.
First Hand at PSAT®/PreACT®
The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT during the month of October.
What is the PSAT 8/9®?
The PSAT 8/9 is the first in the College Board’s “SAT Suite of Assessments” and is offered to eighth and ninth graders. The purpose of the PSAT 8/9 is to establish a starting point in terms of college and career readiness as students transition to high school.
What is the PSAT/10®?
The PSAT 10 test is taken by 10th grade students. It can help you decide which AP courses you should consider taking. It also provides practice for the SAT. The PSAT 10 is generally administered in the early spring. This exam is the same as the PSAT/NMSQT. And sophmores cannot qualify for the Nationalrit Scholarship competition.
What is the PSAT®?
The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships.
What is the PreACT®?
PreACT offers sophomores an early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready.
Stand out with SAT® Subject Tests
What are the SAT® Subject Tests?
SAT® Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests. SAT Subject Tests can do more than help you show off your strengths. You can send a strong message to colleges about your interest in specific majors or programs — and how ready you are to tackle the work.
Don’t forget about AP’s
What are the AP® Exams?
AP exams are college-level tests developed and administered by the College Board. Students may take tests in one or more subjects throughout high school. A comprehensive list of all available AP courses and exams is available on the College Board website. Students take AP exams in mid-May; each day of testing has a morning and afternoon session, meaning that a test taker can attempt two AP exams on the same day.