Both the ACT and the SAT are nationally administered standardized tests that help colleges evaluate candidates. Also important to consider, a new SAT will debut in March 2016. As you begin to think about college and creating the best application package possible, your admissions plan should begin with the question, "Which test should I take?"
Required - first section of exam
Factored into overall
More abstract topic
Optional final section
Tests Reading, Analysis, and Writing Skills
Topic comes from a 750-word passage to be read on Test Day
In addition to test structure and content, it’s also important to think about your college admissions timeline when making your exam decision. The current SAT will only be available until January of 2016. So if you are in the class of 2017 and plan to take the current SAT, you need to plan ahead.
See a list of upcoming current SAT test dates here.