Book Review: ACT or SAT? Choosing the Right Exam for You


I recently previewed a copy of one of The Princeton Review’s newest books, “ACT or SAT: Choosing the Right Exam for You” and I liked what I read. When I was in high school, college bound students took the SAT exam while the ACT was virtually unknown, at least to my fellow students.


mathToday, many colleges are accepting either the SAT or ACT exam, sometimes both, which means it is good for students and their parents to familiarize themselves with what is out there. True, hundreds of schools are now ACT/SAT optional but at least three thousand still require exam scores for admission.

How important are entrance exams? Very much so, especially in helping to factor financial aid, grants, scholarships as well as eligibility to play in college sports programs. But, as students who’ve taken both tests will tell you, the SAT and ACT differ considerably in their length, content, format, structure, scoring and more.

Which Is Exam Is Right For You?

The Princeton Review book offers an excellent comparative to help students choose which test to take, which can go far in reducing stress, saving time and conserving funds. In particular, the book offers college bound students the following:

  • Explains what’s on the ACT and the SAT and outlines the differences between them.
  • Tackles myths and misconceptions about the tests as well as important facts about them.
  • The book includes a 15-question quiz, “Which Test Personality Are You? which The Princeton Review describes as an informal and fun tool to help the student identity his/her learning styles and test-taking preferences.
  • Also included in the book is The Princeton Review (PRA) assessment, a diagnostic sample test that gives students a chance to try out bot the ACT and SAT in one test-taking experience. This will enable students to determine whether they may do better on one test than the other.

Preparing For Your Exam

With the next sittings for the SAT and ACT exams looming, high school seniors may want to pick up a copy of the book to find out which exam to take. Even if the school you’re planning on attending doesn’t have an SAT/ACT requirement, you may want to take at least one exam to gauge your performance which can be a good indicator how you will perform academically at college.

Source: The Princeton Review

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