The ACT and SAT are tests used by many colleges as a part of the admissions process. Students can begin taking the entrance tests starting in the eleventh grade regardless of how they are schooled.
In the last several years, colleges have taken a much different stance on testing. Hundreds of them no longer require either the ACT or SAT as part of the admissions process.
They have decided that testing does not tell them anything more about a potential student than they can glean from grades, essays, and letters of recommendations students already submit when applying. With that said, several states such as Michigan and Illinois require high school students to take the ACT, even if they are not going to college. You will need to check your state’s graduation requirements.
Some colleges prefer one test to the other, and some allow you to choose the one you prefer. If you are given the choice of taking either of the tests, be sure to take the one that you are most comfortable with and the one you feel you will score the highest. It is always best to check with your college choice to see if they have a preference of either the ACT or SAT, or possibly none at all. While some colleges do not require either of the tests, if you are seeking a financial scholarship, it is in your best interest to take one of the tests.
The ACT and SAT are significantly different tests. The ACT exam tests knowledge in four subject areas–Math, Reading, Science, and English. The SAT is a reasoning test and has recently been updated. The writing portion on the ACT has always been optional, and is now optional on the new SAT test. The new SAT is more closely aligned to Common Core.
The ACT has grown in popularity over the last several years. In fact, more students currently take the ACT than the SAT. The new 2016 SAT hopes to level the playing field.
If you have decided you want, or have to take the ACT or SAT test, you simply need to register for it. That can be accomplished by visiting the online ACT or SAT test information site and following the directions for registering.
Here is information about registering for the ACT. In addition, this site has information about registering for the SAT. Also, check out our full archive of articles at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com about homeschoolers and college testing.