High school students rejoice. Due to the coronavirus, a growing number of universities are now dropping the SAT and ACT requirement for fall 2021 admissions, including Boston University and University of California. Currently the list is about 51 universities and colleges that have removed the ACT/SAT requirement for the fall of 2021 and some are even extending the ban through the spring of 2022.
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Although the SAT tests are optional to get in to many colleges, high test scores can be an advantage when applying. Many college admissions specialists recommend high school students take the exams only if they expect to score well. Strong scores on the SAT and ACT exams will help you, but these colleges won’t hold it against you for not taking them.
More and more colleges each year realize the SAT is not an effective measure of student intelligence. The list of schools no longer requiring the SAT grows by the year. Several colleges including UMass Lowell and Salem State University have made the main SAT and ACT tests optional.
Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s Test Taking Strategies #5: Play The Odds
If there is no penalty for wrong answers such as PARCC, MCAS, school test and ACT, ALWAYS guess if you do not know the answer. NEVER leave an answer blank. The chances of receiving credit when guessing the answer may be as low as 5% – 20%. However if a student leaves a question blank, they have a guaranteed 0% chance of receiving credit. Guess when it is to your advantage.
Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s Test Taking Strategies #1: Multiple Choice Questions – Elimination Method
If the answer does not stand out, try the elimination method. On a separate sheet of paper write down the letters, A B C D E to coincide with the letters of the multiple choice question. Then read over the potential answers. On your paper, cross out the letters of the answers that do not make any sense. At this point you will have eliminated all accept for the correct answer or have two choices remaining. Choosing one of the remaining two will give you 50/50 odds in getting the answer correct.
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SAT or ACT? Which is better?
SAT – no science
ACT – includes science
SAT – essay writing mandatory
ACT – no essay writing (optional)
SAT – points taken off
ACT – guessing is ok as points are not taken off
There you have it. We recommend your student choose the test that plays more towards their strengths. If you want to avoid science, go with the SAT. If you want to avoid essay writing, go with the ACT. If you want the ability to guess and not have points taken off, the ACT is for you. Let us know which one you like better.
Continuing Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s look at the two major college entrance tests, today we examine the ACT. Here is everything you need to know:
4 academic areas: English, Math, Science and Reading
Optional essay writing
215 total questions
No points off for wrong answers
Total test time of 2 hours and 55 min (3 hours and 25 minutes if writing the optional essay)
Offered 6 times per year
Tomorrow we will highlight the differences between the SAT and ACT, so you can get that answer every family seeks: “How do I decide which test is best for my student?”
We are asked all the time the question, “Which standardized test will my student have more success, the SAT or ACT?” Today we will look at everything you need to know about the SAT.
3 academic areas: Critical Reading, Math and Writing
10 alternating sections
Required essay writing
170 total questions
Penalized ¼ point off for wrong answers
Total test time of 3 hours and 45 minutes
Offered 7 times a year
Tomorrow we will show you everything you need to know about the ACT so you can decide which test is best.