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- SAT vs. ACT Comparison Table (via Princeton Review)
What is the SAT test?
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that measures achievement in reading, mathematics, and writing. There is an option essay test. Students take the test the spring of the junior year and the fall of their senior year. Colleges & universities use the SAT test scores as part of their admissions decision.
What are the SAT Subject Tests?
SAT Subject tests are hour long content based tests that allow a student to show achievement in a specific area. Students may take one, two, or three subject tests in an SAT administration. SAT subject tests are used in the college admissions process to allow a student to highlight special talent in a particular academic area. They may be required by some colleges/universities as a part of an application or for application to a specific program/major.
What is the ACT test?
The ACT is a widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is an optional Writing Test, which is measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. WMHS strongly advises all of our students to take the optional Writing test when taking the ACT.
SAT & ACT Fee Waivers
Students who qualify or may qualify for free/reduced lunch should see their school counselor for information regarding fee waivers for standardized tests and college applications.
SAT & ACT Tutoring Resources
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