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All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept both the SAT and the ACT as a qualification for admission. In the high school graduating class of 2015 nationwide, 1.7 million students took the SAT while 1.9 million took the ACT.
There are differences between the SAT and ACT (see our comparison), but with the 'new' SAT, the tests are more similar than ever. The biggest differences are within the math segments.
The structure of the math questions between the two tests are very different. The SAT does not permit a calculator on about 40% of the questions and includes open response questions (grid-ins). The ACT includes more geometry and trig; the question types are more straightforward but also more diverse.
Just like deciding between vanilla or chocolate, the best approach is to try one of each and then make an informed decision. Once you decide which test to take, effectively prepare for that test as preparation to take the one test will not be the same as preparation to take the other.
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