The trend continues…more and more students are taking the ACT. According to a recently released national score report, 1.84 million high schoolers who graduated in 2014 took the ACT exam. And that’s a new record. In fact, 57% of 2014 graduates across the country took the ACT. That’s even three percent more than in 2013, when 54% of graduating students took the college entrance exam. And which states have been major contributors to the growth of the ACT, you ask? Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, North Carolina, and Tennessee…because these states require students to take the exam as part of assessment programs. That has to be a punch to the gut for the College Board. But Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Rhode Island still favor the SAT.
According to an article in “The Examiner” on the growth of the ACT, “And why has the ACT suddenly become so popular even where it’s not used for statewide assessment? Perhaps it’s because the test is considered by many to be more ‘consumer friendly’ than competing College Board products. And at a number of colleges, the ACT with Writing may be substituted for both the SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests—saving the test-taker time, money, and aggravation. But more important to college applicants is the fact that virtually every college and university in the country will accept either the ACT or the SAT. Because the tests are interchangeable, students may elect to submit scores from whichever test they choose—usually the one on which they scored best.”
What do you think of the rise of the ACT? Why do you think more and more students are choosing to take the ACT as opposed to the SAT? Do you think the changes to the SAT will lead more students to take this exam? We’re curious to hear your thoughts. So let us know what you think by posting a Comment below!