The ACT is a nationally administered, standardized test that helps colleges evaluate candidates. Colleges now accept ACT or SAT scores interchangeably. This means that you have the opportunity to decide on which test you’ll perform better. Some students prepare for both exams, and then wait until they receive the scores before deciding which scores to submit to colleges.

Can a diagnostic test help you decide whether you will score higher on the SAT or ACT? Though many tutor companies claim that a diagnostic test can provide you with a clear cut answer to this question, we do not agree. The results of a single diagnostic test only reflect how well you prepared for the diagnostic test. Since each test is challenging in its own way, the best way to choose the appropriate test is to study for each test for several weeks and then take a full practice test. Only after a student has spent time studying and practicing each test does she really know which test is more suited to her skills. While the ACT structure and questions seem easier than those of the SAT, the time constraints and length of the ACT test make it as challenging as the SAT. Our experience is that most students achieve the same percentile ranking on both tests.

Most colleges SuperScore both the SAT and ACT scores, enabling you to take the tests more than once. Additionally, most colleges accept the ACT scores in lieu of SAT Subject test scores.

KeyTutor’s standard tutoring package for the ACTs consists of 20 hours of tutoring, delivered in either 1, 1½ or 2 hour sessions. The program covers all aspects of the test including Math, Reading, Writing, Science and the Essay. Our tutors come to your home or local library, and tutor one-on-one or in small groups of 2 to 6 students. Pricing is based on the group size.