College Testing

Although college admissions tests are not always a favorite part of the college application process, they are (in most cases) a necessary element. The two most commonly used college entrance exams are the SAT and ACT.

The SAT and ACT are both standardized tests that factor into most admissions decisions and also can be used to award scholarships and grants.

While most post-secondary institutions accept both the SAT and/or the ACT, this section will break down both tests, highlight ways to prepare for them, provide information on test-optional schools, and detail how to apply for testing accommodations if you have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan.

How do They Compare?

The ACT and SAT although used for the same purpose are very different tests. Please visit the separate test pages on the GHS website to learn more about each test. Once students have taken both tests to see which they are more comfortable with and/or perform better on, they can compare their scores using the concordance table to see which is a stronger score. We suggest that students then take the test they did better on at least one more time to attempt to bump up their better score and for the purposes of superscoring.

SAT & ACT Content Comparison Chart

SAT & ACT Score Comparison TableCompare your SAT and ACT scores to see how they will equate. We highly recommend that you retake the test on which you scored higher. For more in-depth analysis of score comparison, check out the 8 page document here

If English is not your first language, you will want to also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to supplement your other college admissions tests.
Find more information about the TOEFL here.

Test-Optional Schools
There are some colleges/universities that do not require test scores for admission a.k.a. test-optional schools. You can access a list here. Although scores may not be used for admission purposes, they may still be required for financial aid or course placement.

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