[VIDEO ANSWER] Because of the upcoming changes to the SAT, is it best to do the ACT?
Test Prep Authority – Office Hours #1 – Question: “Because of the upcoming changes to the SAT, is it best to just stick with the ACT and wait until the new SAT is released in March of 2016”[toggle title=”Click to Open Video Transcript” color=”gray”]Because of the upcoming changes to the SAT, is it best to just stick with the ACT, and wait until the new SAT is released in March of 2016? This is a really big question. A lot of people have been asking me, and my basic idea is this, that if you’re planning on taking the SAT before March of 2016, then just study for the SAT as usual or the ACT, depending on which one is better for you. And we’re going to get more into that later, which test is best for you to take. But the main idea is that if you are planning on taking the ACT…or the SAT, and you’re planning on doing it on March of 2016, or beyond, then you probably want to avoid the SAT altogether, and just stick with the ACT, just because no one’s completely sure what it’s going to be like, how the grading is going to happen.
If you are aware of the snafu on the October SAT this year, the College Board didn’t do such a great job of administrating it. There was some weird stuff going on with grading. And so, if you’re taking it that far out, I would just stick with the ACT. But if you going to be taking the SAT in next year, just business as usual basically. One other thing we’ll get into, which one to take later on, but while they’ve broadcast what the basic changes are going to be, you should pretty much just expect that it’s going to be exactly the same thing as the ACT, as far as content. There’s a couple of different changes because, of course, they want to maintain the brand, but they are going to be very similar tests. So that’s the basic idea. And, by the way, one other thing, you should probably start prepping for the SAT the summer after your freshman year. That’s the sweet spot. So if you are wondering when you should start prepping, the summer after freshman year. Anytime before that is a little bit too early, and anytime after that, you should probably get started right away, just so you can get this process out of the way as quickly as possible.[/toggle]