MyCollegeGuide posted an article in which they interviewed the Senior Vice President of Educational Service for the ACT and the Vice President of the SAT program. In the interview, the two testing executives discussed factors students should consider when deciding between taking the SAT or ACT, what the best way to prepare for the tests are in high school, test-taking tips, and how often students should take the tests. What’s funny is that the SAT Vice President insisted that there are “no tricks or shortcuts to doing well on the SAT.” Yeah right. So students who get great SAT tutoring don’t do better than students who don’t? That is false.
According to Jon Erickson of the ACT, “The ACT measures what students have learned in school — their academic achievement. It’s not an aptitude test. ACT scores are used by many colleges to place students into appropriate first-year classes that match their current skill levels, so they have the best opportunity to succeed. The ACT includes tests in English, math, reading, and science, as well as an optional writing test.” And according to Kathryn Juric of the SAT, “The SAT is the most widely used college admission test. It assesses the reading, writing and mathematics knowledge and skills that students are learning every day in high school classrooms and that are critical for success in college and beyond. The SAT not only tests what a student learns in high school, but also their ability to apply that knowledge.” Juric neglected to mention that the SAT also tests the quality of the students’ SAT tutoring.
In fact, the SAT VP insists the best way to prepare for the SAT is to take the PSAT/NMSQT by stating that those who take the PSAT earn higher scores on average than those who don’t. That’s ridiculous. Students who take the PSAT are much more likely to be tutored than those who don’t. The SAT VP likely never took a statistics course. Either that or she aced a stats course and knows well how to deceive with data. Also, the SAT VP insists that you do not need to know math formulas to succeed on the math section of the SAT. We at Ivy Coach insist otherwise and our SAT tutoring services can help you significantly improve your score.
Burt-Thomas, Wendy. “Faceoff – SAT and ACT.” MyCollegeGuide. 15 April 2011. Web. 17 April 2011.