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ACT or SAT...Does it matter?

Parents worry about whether their teenager should take the ACT or the SAT to prepare for college admissions. Some are under the impression that some colleges accept one test and others might accept the other. The truth is that colleges accept either. The confusion is rooted in the fact that long ago some colleges preferred one test over the other.

Even though colleges do not have a preference, you should. The answer to the question "ACT or SAT?" is the test that is most comfortable for your teen. Teens who take both tests sometimes find that they do much better on one than the other. A good strategy is to encourage your teen to take both during the junior year to see which test your teen prefers. Then your teen has the summer to prepare for a second administration of the preferred test in the fall.

Taking both tests early is a great strategy to ascertain student strengths and weaknesses on different sections of each test and to see which test the teen prefers.
Armed with baseline scores, parents can look for individuals and programs that offer the type of test prep their teen needs for testing again the fall.

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