Should I quit the SAT and do the ACT?

<p>Hey, so I've been diligently working hard for the SAT, but my results aren't what I've wanted. I have taken 7 blue book practice tests, with each time after each practice test, checking my work. I checked the problems I did right and the problems I did wrong. I've read silverturtle's guide, gruber's, princeton review, grammatix, Direct Hits 1 and 2, and barron's. My scores came up from a 1450 in the beginning to a 1600 on my 7th test. This score is still too low, since I was aiming for a 2000. Since I'm already 3 tests left from finishing the blue SAT official tests book, I'm thinking about quitting the SAT and starting up my prep for the ACT (I'm a junior). I haven't taken an ACT practice test yet. Would this be a good idea, or should I keep studying for the SAT?</p>

<p>a 1450-1600 is pretty low... i would start looking at the ACT if i were you; take a few practice tests and get a feel for it</p>

<p>Yeah man, and my GPA is 4.2 weighted. It really lowers my self esteem.</p>

<p>4.2 weighted isnt bad</p>

<p>I mean the SAT lowers my self esteem</p>

<p>oh.. yeah. i thought when you said 1450 you were talking about Math + reading combined im like hey thats pretty good not much worse than me lol</p>

<p>Haha, I just suck at taking tests. Do you think I could just go straight to taking ACT practice tests, or do I have to read princeton review or something first?</p>

<p>Why don't you take the test and see?</p>

<p>@4kidsdad, Yeah, my question was whether or not I should keep studying for the SAT or quit and take the ACT. But yeah, I'm definitely trying the ACT.</p>

<p>I had a low score on the SATs, around your range. Then I took the ACT and I got a 23, a 100-200 point boost when you convert it to the SAT scoring thing.
A 23 isn't bad, but I don't find it good, either. I didn't study for it, so it was what I expected. I studied this time and I took another ACT this past Saturday. Fingers crossed I raised it up around the 28, 29 range. </p>

<p>I highly suggest doing the ACT. Or if you're a stickler for the SATs, maybe a class or a private tutor?</p>

<p>I mean practice test is not real test. Why don't you take real SAT and see where are you?</p>

<p>I went to the act because SAT math is just not right for me. On SAT math I get 640ish, and act I get 35-36</p>

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<p>so yeah... i still need to know if the ACT is right for me</p>

<p>Where are you planning on going to college? </p>

<p>If it's anywhere East Coast/West Coast, see if you can bump up your SAT as that is the test most coastal schools prefer. Otherwise, just focus on the ACT! It is definitely a lot different than the SAT, and for some people it is significantly easier, so if the schools you are looking at applying to accept either the ACT or SAT, focus on the test that you can do better on!</p>

<p>If you are scoring 1600 for three sections after multiple practice SAT exams then I suggest taking the ACT! I would also strongly suggest reading the ( and not just practicing) the ACT red book. Some of the content can really be mastered ( esp English and writing ) by knowing what the exam commonly asks and requires. Do not assume you're fully prepared for the ACT because you prepared for the SAT otherwise you will be unpleasantly surprised!
Good Luck.....the ACT is a fairer test and is accepted instead of the SAT by virtually all schools.</p>

<p>Take a practice test out of the ACT to baseline yourself without prep. See how that compares to SAT. I would recommend taking one real SAT to see how you do, but if your baseline ACT is comparable to your 1600 without studying, then I would put the investment into the ACT. Red Book, Barron's 36, Princeton Cracking the ACT.</p>

<p>You seem like you practice a lot. From what I've heard/read, practicing actual practice tests is an extremely effective strategy for the ACT because from what I heard, the test is very systematic and that every test always has the same type of questions in almost the same order, just worded differently, so I would say the ACT if you have the same dedication you did for your SAT prep. Also the ACT content is a lot more straight forward and really not out there to trick you - sometimes you could even figure out some answers for math problems by deducing which ones it couldn't be by just looking at the numbers!</p>

<p>alright thanks guys! I'll be taking an ACT practice test this friday.</p>

<p>I would say take the act . if you are good at the science section then that can pull your score up, and Stats say it is a lot harder to bring up a sat score than your act.</p>

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<p>I tried for years to bring my SAT score to a perfect, but I got stuck somewhere around 2200. I did fifty practice tests, at least. Finally, I got frustrated and just went to take an ACT without studying for it and ended up getting a 36. I highly recommend you try the ACT.</p>