Which one: ACT or SAT?

Which one: ACT or SAT?

One common deciding factor that helps students choose between taking the ACT versus the SAT is stamina. Though the two tests are almost the same duration (ACT is 3h 35m and the SAT 3h 50min both with the optional essay), the ACT has 4 sections whereas the SAT has only 3 sections (not counting the optional essay sections). However, two of the ACT’s sections (reading and science) are 35 minutes long with 60 questions each. This gives about 53 seconds for each question, which means that students have to have a lot of focus in a very short amount of time causing quicker fatigue. Some students enjoy the ACT because of this reason as they are able to get done with the test “quicker.” However, the SAT has much more “tricks” with grid-in problems that the ACT does not have.

Overall, the best way to figure out which test to take is to take a SAT and ACT diagnostic test to determine which test the student scored better in and their preference. Take a diagnostic ASAP as early preparation is tantamount to an amazing score!

*Note: The ACT’s science section is mainly about analyzing and interpreting data–not pure science questions!

The Power of Routines

If you are having issues getting prepared for tests, doing your homework, or even managing your social life, then you could probably benefit from learning how to leverage the power of routines!  Think about your favorite performer, athlete, or musician.  Each one of these people has learned to adhere to some sort of routine in order for them to maintain their success.  Athletes train regularly and then are evaluated to check for techniques that may need improving, musicians practice their sets for hours upon hours, and performers practice in front of mirrors to have a better understanding of how they come across to their audience.  The point is that these professionals are utilizing some sort of routine!

Routines aren’t meant to be something that burdens you or makes you think, “what a drag!”  Routines are meant to help you stay on track with things you want or need to do while allowing you to have the freedoms that constantly seem to get in the way of your responsibilities or goals.  Try setting up a task that you frequently have issues with on a routine, and make sure to stick to it.  Start with something small that you know you can follow through with, and then add more to routines as you see fit!

Example:  If you find it difficult to memorize terms for vocab tests, make it a routine to study the list with flashcards each night for 30 minutes until the night before the test.  This will take minimal time and reduce the stress of cramming the night before.