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1. Does my student need to take the
ACT and the SAT?
It is not necessary to have both ACT and
SAT scores. Most U.S. colleges and universities* accept both the ACT and the SAT. Each
test serves the same purpose on an application: Test scores are one way students can
demonstrate their readiness and ability to
do college-level work. However, some colleges or specific programs within a college
may require additional testing. For example, students applying to the School of Engineering at Cooper Union are required to
submit two SAT Subject Tests, one in math
and one in physics or chemistry, in addition
to the ACT or SAT.
2. What’s the difference between the
ACT and the SAT?
The two tests used to be quite different.
However, changes to both tests over the last
few years (the new SAT debuts in March
2016) have made them more similar:
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