Do I have to do one of these, and does it matter which one I choose?
If these tests are also for native speakers of English, how can I compete?
How can I prepare most effectively?
If you’re planning to study in the USA, you usually have to take one or the other of these tests. The higher your score, the better your chances of gaining entry to one of the top universities. In this course, you’ll find out how the tests work, and what you can do to achieve a great result.
Language guide: for this course, we recommend at least these levels of English: 6.5 (IELTS) / 110 (TOEFL iBT) / C1 (CEF) / CAE.
ACT and SAT
You start by comparing the two tests, looking at the content, scoring – and the use which is made of them.
Both tests include a mathematics section. You’ll look at the kind of questions asked, and get some valuable practice in one or both of the tests.
Reading and writing
Here you’ll be looking at different ways in which reading and writing skills are tested in SAT and ACT and start work on developing those skills.
In this unit, you’ll be working on the kind of texts which are selected, and the kind of questions you’ll be asked. No matter how difficult the text, by developing the right skills, you can do well.
You’ll look here at the different emphases of the two tests, but also work on eliminating the grammatical errors which cost you marks whichever test you take.
For many students, this is the most challenging part of the test, as you need not just to write well, but also to show understanding of the topic. You’ll see how to link the two together.
You’ll try some actual material for either ACT or SAT (whichever you prefer) – and see how you’re getting on!
This section is required for ACT, and if that’s the test you want to take, you’ll do some work on that. Otherwise, if you’re focused more on SAT, you’ll carry on with your writing.