SAT or ACT or Both?

<p>I am a junior in high school and I recently took the SATs and ACTs for the first time. SATs I got 680 on cr, 680 on math, and 580 and writing. On ACTs i got 28 composite. I am going to study for ONE test to retake. My plan is to focus on just one (either SAT or ACT), making it easier to study precisely what I need to study for. Is it okay if I only submit ONE test to colleges, rather than both? I am going to go to IU or Notre Dame.</p>

<p>I saw this post for someone else with the same question:</p>

<p>Send both! </p>

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<li><p>The ACT is more curriculum based. </p></li>
<li><p>The SAT is aimed more towards reasoning skills.</p></li>
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<p>It can't hurt you to send both. I would see what you get on your retake first though. If your SAT or ACT increases by a large margin there'd be no reason to send the lower score.</p>

<p>i am the perfect student with 4.4 GPA and took 5 AP classes and 7 clubs and comunity service! im just not a good test taker. and it makes me sad to think that all my goals will be gone just because that one test.</p>

<p>ACT-SAT</a> Concordance says that your SAT CR+M of 1360 is higher than the "equivalent" of ACT 28 (which is supposed to be 1260).</p>

<p>stevena - Take a look at your college list and see what is required. All colleges and universities that ask for a standardized exam will accept both the ACT and the SAT. SOME will require one or more SAT II exams, and of those SOME will accept the ACT or ACT with writing instead of the SATII exams. In other words, depending on your list, one more try at the ACT might be all you have to do.</p>

<p>kellyseverino - You need to sit down with your guidance counselor and talk about the reasons for these low test scores. This kind of discrepancy between your classroom performance and your performance on standardized exams can indicate many things, among them: lack of good test-taking strategies, test-induced anxiey, previously undiagnosed processing disabilities (things along the line of dyslexia). All of these have work-arounds, and your best chance at getting help with mastering the work-around(s) that you need is by identifying your challenges while you are still in high school. Your counselor can advocate for you with UCF admissions, so go see your counselor the first day you are back at school after winter break.</p>