ACT President: Take Whichever College Admission Test Suits You. Or Take Both.

Careeer College Central summary:

  • Not long ago, the ACT surpassed the SAT as the most widely used college admission test in the country. But the president of the testing organization that leads the market advises students to take whichever exam suits them — or both. ACT President Jon L. Erickson spoke with The Washington Post about perceptions of the two tests among students and higher-education professionals.
  • Post: Why should someone choose to take the ACT?
  • Erickson: I would say choose a test that you’re most comfortable with. And some students are more comfortable with one or the other. Depends on the format, depends on the content, depends on the opportunity to take it. Depends on the schools, if they have a true preference. But more so, I’d say consider taking both because you may do better on one than the other.
  • Post: Really? That’s a diplomatic answer. But why should one take the ACT?
  • Erickson: I think the ACT is a fair exam. I think the ACT is more comfortable. It’s what a student experiences in school, and so there’s not an anxiety, or an unknown gamesmanship to it. I think the ACT allows a student to look at themselves across a broader range of skills, including science.

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