Deciding which test to take:
For the past decade, this has been the big question faced by students and parents. And they still face it. But the importance of getting this decision right has significantly decreased. For whatever reasons, when the College Board recently transformed the SAT, they have transformed it into the ACT. There are still differences between the two, but they are much less significant and switching between the tests can be a lateral move.
Through discussion, a little exploratory work and even as part of our Mock Tests Program, we can help you make this decision.
It is our belief that the ACT measures how well you read texts, edit essays, execute math principles, and make sense of charts, graphs and tables - when you're going faster than you'd like to. The singular challenge of the ACT is to perform at top speed, while maintaining precision. And that's a tough one, because speed and precision are inversely related - when one goes up, the other goes down.
If you're not practicing the ACT with a stop watch, you're not practicing the ACT.
The new sAT
The new SAT modeled its new Writing section on the ACT writing section, but continues to test the same grammar rules it's been testing for over ten years. Its Reading section has also been modeled after the ACT Reading section, with one major difference: it's twice as long! Its Math section has been made much more academic, focusing on a small subset of high school math. But the same techniques used for the old SAT still apply to the new one. And while the New SAT did not create a Science section, it did insert graphs, charts and tables into its Math, Reading and even the Writing sections.
We have created a new curriculum for the New SAT, based on our proven techniques for the original SAT, our battle-tested curriculum for the ACT and on the samples made available by the College Board itself.