In the first post, I discussed some of the differences between the SAT and ACT, and suggested you take a practice test for each. In this post, I want to talk about the SAT vs. ACT from my experience tutoring both tests. The main thing I want to say is this:

The new SAT has been changed to become very similar to the ACT

Here’s how:

  1. The essay is now optional (the SAT used to require it).
  2. No more rote vocabulary memorization of obscure words; there are less vocabulary questions overall and the vocabulary questions are put into the context of a reading passage.
  3. No more single sentence grammar questions; all grammar questions are put into the context of a reading passage.
  4. No more experimental questions on the SAT (which shortens the exam time).
  5. Trigonometry is now tested on the SAT Math section.
  6. The reading of charts/graphs in now included in the the SAT; the Science section of the ACT has always tested the reading of charts/graphs.
  7. The SAT now consists of four sections; it used to be ten sections long. This requires a longer attention-span than before.

What does this practically mean?

  • Preparing for one of the tests ultimately prepares you for the other. Therefore, there is really no reason why you shouldn’t take both tests.

  • What this also means is that the best tutors for the new SAT are those who are experts in the ACT – and here at Top Tutoring, we have tutors who have worked with the ACT for years and they can help you prepare well for the new SAT.

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