ACT vs. SAT

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by tx2022, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. tx2022

    tx2022 Member

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    For some reason my math ACT score isn't improving 25. Every other category is 32. I have done much better on SAT 690 Math and 700 English. Will the Academy ignore my ACT and focus on SAT scores. The reason I ask I can only afford one tutor/class and you need to specify ACT or SAT. I was looking for advise on best strategy. Keep improving SAT or focus on bringing ACT up. I feel more comfortable with the SAT. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 Kirtland, AFB 10-Year Member

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    You only need one. I was MUCH better at the SAT than the ACT so I only took the ACT once, never tried again
     
  3. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Agree with @USAFA10s

    Migrate to the test you are most comfortable with and get all the help you can to improve it. Take the SAT as many times as you can.

    Khan Academy has a free SAT tutorial online.
    https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
     
  4. MidwestDad

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    ACT is designed to reflect what you have learned and retained; SAT is designed to reflect your aptitude for future learning. [I cannot explain the subtleties involved.]

    SAs will consider both but do 'superscore' so best results on SAT should help your cause.

    As stated above if you see a systematic advantage in SAT then study hard on practice test materials and retake SAT multiple times.

    DS tanked ACT writing twice [2nd much worse than first] but excelled on SAT essay score. It happens and is often due to the nuances in the design of the test; not necessarily your abilities. [DS appointed to 2 SAs.]