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ACT or New SAT?

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If you have heard about the SAT, it’s very likely that you have heard about the ACT as well. Both are standardized tests taken by undergraduate students for admissions to colleges abroad. Most colleges do not have a declared preference for either the SAT or the ACT. Hence the obvious question, which test should you take?


At Manya-The Princeton Review, we have a ready made tool to help you decide! The Princeton Review StartUp Test! The StartUp Test is a tool designed to help you determine which test (SAT or ACT) is a better fit with your abilities. The test gives you a taste of the two exams and produces a report that shows how you did on different types of questions.

The SAT and the ACT used to be very different, but, after the 2016 changes in the SAT, the SAT became more like the ACT. Though they are still quite different, the differences are more subtle than they used to be. Here are some key differences between the two.


In September 2018, the two exams again became very different – not in content but in format. Outside USA and Canada, the ACT becomes an online, computer-based exam. The content of the ACT is the same, but for international students, the format and student experience are very different. The SAT is still a paper-and-pencil exam.


For many students, either test would suit equally well. However, many other students will find that either the New SAT or the ACT is clearly a better choice.


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