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Should Students Take the SAT or ACT?

sat or actAs a teacher or education coordinator, students may ask you “Should I Take the SAT or the ACT?” Up until a few years ago, there was a simple answer to the question. As recently as 10 years ago, there was a pretty even divide between schools that expected ACT scores and schools that required SAT scores from potential students.
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SAT And ACT Test Taking Tips Round Up

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Taking the college prep tests are one of the most important steps that students take when they are headed for college. In addition to preparing for the subject matter on the SAT or ACT, students should also be prepared for the process of taking the test. Getting enough rest, working efficiently through the different sections of the test and using test taking strategy can all help students score successfully.

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ACT Scores and SAT Scores – Do They Predict College Success?

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One of the biggest issues in the last several years with regards to college testing is the validity of ACT and SAT scores. Several questions have been raised about whether or not ACT or SAT predicts college success. Although there are a lot of individual factors that go into a student’s overall success level, a high score on the SAT or ACT can be a reliable indicator of college success.

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4 Advantages to Tech-Based Test Prep

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Is a student in your life preparing for the SAT or ACT? Scoring well on one of these tests can be the difference between them getting into their dream school and settling for their second choice. It’s important that the student takes the time to prepare for the test. They need to understand the format of the test, know the general subject areas that are going to be covered and develop strategies for getting through the test on time.

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5 Ways Teachers Can Support Students During Test Prep

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Although teachers can’t sit with students during the SAT or ACT tests, they certainly can do a lot before the test to help students score well. Test preparation is a truly a group effort. When teachers and school administrators take initiative and lead students toward better test scores, everyone benefits.

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Integrate Online SAT & ACT Prep Options to Improve Schoolwide Scores

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High school students are busy. With homework, extracurricular activities, and social lives, it can be hard to fit SAT and ACT studying into their schedules. That's why it's important to give students as much flexibility as possible for improved schoolwide scores on these exams. Online test preparation options help you to meet the needs of a wide variety of students. Here's how.

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When and how to register for the SAT or ACT


The 2011-2012 SAT's and ACT's are right around the corner.  Make sure you sign up early enough for the test you want to take so you don't have to pay late registration fees.  It's also a good time to think about when to take the exam.  If you're a Junior, you have more flexibility in terms of when to take the test.  Most seniors already plan on taking the test(s) this fall.  There is no 'better' time to take the test, you should take it when you are ready but also be aware that certain services are only available for certain test administrations.

For example, if you plan on taking the SAT more than once or even if you just want to know how you did, it is a good idea to purchase the Question and Answer Service. The Q & A service is only available for the October, January and May SAT's however. This service costs $18 and allows you get a copy of your SAT test so you can see what problems you got wrong.  It is an invaluable tool to diagnose your weaknesses so you can perform better on the next round, should you decide to take the test again.  More details can be found on the Collegeboard's website:

It's OK to order the Q & A service after you take the test in October, January or May but you only have up to 5 months after the test to order it.  It's best to order the Q & A service when you register for the SAT if you are taking it in October, January or May, that way you can get it as soon as it is released (which can take up to 6-8 weeks after the test).  More info can be found here:

Regular registration for the SAT costs $49 and late registration is $75.  The next SAT is on October 1, 2011.  The regular registration deadline for the October 2011 SAT is September 9, 2011 and the late registration date is September 21, 2011.  The SAT is also given on Saturdays on November 5, 2011, December 3, 2011, January 28, 2012, March 10, 2011, May 5, 2011 and June 2, 2011.  For more registration information, visit The Collegeboard's website:


Many students take the ACT in addition to the SAT.  It's a good idea to take the ACT right after you take the SAT so you don't lose momentum and everything is still fresh in your mind.  The ACT also has something similar to the SAT's Q & A service; they call their service the Test Information Release (TIR) and you can order it for an additional $19.  TIR is only available for Saturday ACT tests in December 2011, April 2012 and June 2012.  For non-Saturday ACT administrations it is only available for the April 2012 administrations.  More information can be found on the ACT website:

Regular registration for the ACT (no writing) costs $34, the ACT with writing costs $49.50 and late registration will tack on $21 for each test date.  Sign up early to avoid the late fee!  The next ACT is October 22, 2011; the regular ACT deadline for October 2011 is September 16, 2011 and the last day for regular registration for the October 2011 ACT is September 30, 2011.  The ACT is also given on Saturdays on December 10, 2011, February 11, 2012, April 14, 2012, and June 9, 2012

For more information on future ACT test dates, visit the ACT website:

If you have any questions about when to take the SAT or ACT and are already a student with MTP, don't hesitate to ask your tutor!  Good luck!

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SAT & ACT Planning: A Timeline for Incoming Juniors


As a new school year is about to get under way, we thought it would be important to lay out an intelligent timeline for juniors as far as the SAT and ACT goes.  

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The Value of ACT Prep Software


The ACT prep software offered by Method Test Prep allows students to study for the ACT in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The software saves students valuable time by taking out much of the “paperwork,” including grading, evaluation, and scheduling. For example, MTP’s ACT prep software breaks down the student’s study schedule into 20 weeks of work. Each week is further broken down into a group of tasks that includes evaluation tests, lessons, practice questions, and full length exams. Most tasks are approximately 15 min long, making them easy to fit into a student’s busy schedule. By having the schedule constructed in this fashion, the student realizes that studying for the ACT is feasible, and that doing well on it is an obtainable goal. The student can feel confident that if she finishes all the tasks, she will see a vast improvement in her test score. 


SAT vs. ACT: Which Is Right For Me?

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As many of you are well aware, the standardized testing world has seen a tremendous shift over the course of the last few years. As recently as five years ago, the decision to take the SAT or the ACT was largely based on where you were planning on going to college. Many colleges required one or the other. Today, every college in the country will accept scores from either test when considering admissions. This shift has caused a ripple effect across the high school landscape as students, counselors and parents adjust to this practice and try to figure out how to proceed most effectively.

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