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ACT/SAT Reading v. English

momamoma Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
edited November 2010 in ACT Preparation
I have read several times that many colleges only look at the English and Math ACT scores. I have also read that colleges ignore the SAT Writing section and only look at Critical Reading and Math SAT scores. The SAT writing section for all practical purposes is the ACT English section and Critical Reading is similar to Reading Comp. on ACT. So, why do colleges look at grammar for ACT and Reading Comp for SAT??
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Replies to: ACT/SAT Reading v. English

  • Pistolen08Pistolen08 - Posts: 684 Member
    Colleges look at Science, Reading, Math, and English from the ACT (which makes up your composite)
    They look at Critical Reading and Math from the SAT.

    Some schools choose to look at the writing section as well.
    I've never heard of just looking at the M+E sections on the ACT.
  • tzais01tzais01 Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    I had the same question, because the common data set questions the colleges use to report on their freshman profiles to College Board and everywhere else are SAT Reading, Math and Writing, and for ACT they say English and Math. They are not apples and apples, but neither are the tests.
  • momamoma Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    I understand what the ACT Composite is comprised of. However, there appears to be an inconsistency in the subjects/test sections that are highlighted for various colleges and for overall comparative purposes, e.g. CollegeBoard uses CR/Math for SAT and Eng/Math for ACT. Just curious why Eng. grammar appears to carry more weight for ACT whereas Crit. Reading seems more important for SAT...inherent inconsistency.
  • tzais01tzais01 Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    I know. I'm interested in whether anyone knows why as well.
  • ogiedude7ogiedude7 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    To answer Moma's question, the ACT English is - what 45%? - of rhetorical questions testing your ability to understand the passage, sertain sections of the passage, and reading inbetween the lines. These are all traits of the SAT critical reading. Converting ACT English to SAT Critical reading then, isn't so irrational. Don't you think?
  • rebeccarrebeccar Registered User Posts: 2,159 Senior Member
    The SAT writing section is very new (only since 2005, I think?) and a lot of colleges feel that they don't have enough data on it to fairly use it in admissions.
  • TheInvincibleTheInvincible Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    Pistolen08 wrote:
    I've never heard of just looking at the M+E sections on the ACT.

    I know that Georgia Tech only looks at Math and English sections, along with the Combined English/Writing score. I don't know about any other school.
  • guillaumeguillaume Registered User Posts: 659 Member
    Virginia Tech does the same. Only Math and English on the ACT and they "glance" at the science section.
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