The ACT or the New SAT?
Over the past decade, Westside Tutoring & Testing Services has emerged as Northeast Ohio’s premier academic tutoring and test preparation service. Westside Tutoring & Testing Services (WTTS) specializes in—but is not limited to—tutoring, mentoring, and coaching students diagnosed with learning difficulties, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD, ADHD), Asperger’s syndrome, auditory and visual processing disorders, dyslexia and other reading difficulties, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and more.
In addition to working with students diagnosed with learning difficulties, Westside Tutoring & Testing Services is rated as one of the Cleveland area’s top undergraduate and graduate admissions test preparation services by CBS.*
As such, many WTTS students and prospective students (and their parents) ask the same question:
Should I (or my son or daughter) take the ACT, the new SAT, or both?
Our answer is unequivocal:
If the colleges and universities you (or your child/children) are applying to accept both the ACT and the new SAT, you (or your son or daughter) should take the ACT. If you have the time to spare and would like to take part in the College Board’s grand experiment, then by all means take both. That being said, your time, effort, and money will be better spent concentrating on mastering the ACT and augmenting your application by taking two or three of the SAT subject tests.
Westside Tutoring & Testing Services has been tutoring, mentoring, and coaching students for over 35 years; and, over the past decade, we have come to the same decision that many colleges and universities have come to:
Overall, the ACT is a fairer, more representative test. In other words, the ACT is far less ambiguous and much easier to prepare for and master.
Preparing for the SAT.
The new SAT is an unknown quantity. The College Board has spent a lot of time and money revamping the SAT. In point of fact, they had to. The ACT moved ahead of the SAT for the first time in 2012, and the former is now the most popular admissions test in the nation. Scrambling to offset this trend, the College Board had to find a solution or meet a rather unglorified end.
The College Board’s answer was to ditch the old SAT and replace it with an entirely new entrance examination, one that looks remarkably like the ACT. Interestingly, many test preparation experts and college admissions counselors we’ve spoken with suggest that the College Board went too far, essentially throwing out the baby with the bath water.
In other words, the consensus to date is that the College Board went too far in response to the very real threat to its status as King (or Queen) of the College Entrance Examination Hill.
Quite frankly, no one knows all that much about the new SAT or how college and university admissions boards will view its results, and that includes college admissions administrators. Taking the SAT over the next year or two may be a bit like purchasing the first run of a new Ford, Chrysler, or GM automobile; it will be a gamble, at best. The first two or three classes to take the new SAT will almost certainly serve as guinea pigs for the College Board’s grand experiment.
The ACT is time-tested and offers students a chance to achieve a top score with a modicum of preparation. Westside Tutoring & Testing Services has helped hundreds of students master the ACT in as little as 8-16 weeks.** The ACT is number one for a reason, and we advise all of our students to take the ACT. The new SAT just makes the decision that much easier for students and parents alike.
If you are in doubt about which entrance examination is best for you, give us a call and we will be happy to set up a no-obligation, in-home consultation and assessment. Admission to our nation’s top colleges and universities is competitive and growing more so every year. Westside Tutoring & Testing Services students have attended or are now attending many of our nation’s finest colleges, universities, and service academies. To that end, we would love to talk to you about your college entrance examination preparation at your earliest possible convenience.
Westside Tutoring & Testing Services specializes in one-on-one ACT, SAT, GRE, and LSAT test preparation. Our students routinely earn scores well into the 90th percentile. Seniors, it is not too late to enroll in Westside Tutoring & Testing Service’s ACT Test Preparation Course. As of this writing, there are two more exams prior to the December 31st application cutoff. Additionally, if you are interested in a college or university with rolling admissions, you may have three or four more opportunities to earn a top score, qualify for admission to the college or university of your choice, and even earn additional financial aid through grants and scholarships.
Call 216-712-7004 today for a free, in-home consultation.
**Every student is different and we cannot take the test for our students. However, we do everything in our power to help our students go from proficiency to mastery in the shortest period of time possible. Significantly, the vast majority of WTTS students earn ACT Composite scores well into the 90th percentile.In fact, WTTS ACT Test Preparation Course students have gone from ACT Composites of 15-16 to 26-28, while others have improved their ACT Composite scores from 27-28 to 32-36 (that’s right – a perfect 36). We can help you or your son or daughter too. Call today!