GENERAL ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
If you’re interested in the SAT, ACT, GRE, or another standardized test, don’t just pick a date out of thin air and head off to the testing center. Strategy is involved in preparing for college and university exams.
Frequently Asked Questions from Students
The NJROTC is providing cadets with free test preparation resources for the ACT and SAT* to help them increase their opportunities for obtaining higher education.
NJROTC cadets at participating schools can take advantage of the online test preparation courses.
The online test preparation courses are free resources for NJROTC cadets.
Select either the SAT or ACT button on the home page of this site and register for the test preparation course.
The NJROTC Test Preparation courses can be customized to fit your timeline. For the best possible results, you should take the full course, which takes 6 to 8 weeks. If your test date is a month away or sooner, you can choose a short- or medium-length course based on your timeline. The total time of the online course includes about 40 hours of lessons and practice tests.
No, the course is designed to be taken over many weeks as you prepare to the take the standardized test. You can set your own pace for completing the course based on the time you have available before your test date.
Yes; the courses are available 24/7 from any computer with Internet access. All work is password protected.
The decision of which one to take may be determined simply by whatever admission criteria is laid out by your school of choice. However, if the school doesn’t specify which test it wants, making the “best” choice can be about your preference for test-taking.
Although there is no hard science that proves that the ACT or SAT is easier, you probably want to determine which test format is better suited to your strengths. Each test has a different structure and different emphases, and familiarity with their individual structures may help you sort out which is better suited to you.
Take a look at the following comparison of the ACT and SAT to help you decide.
The ACT sports 4 trademark multiple-choice subject tests covering English, Math, Reading, and Science. These are designed to evaluate test-takers’ overall educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. Students will have 2 hours and 55 minutes of dedicated test time to complete the subject tests, not including breaks.
As far as scoring goes, subject test scores (ranging from 1 to 36) are determined after throwing out any incorrect answers — only correct responses count! The 4 areas are then averaged together to come up with the overall, or composite, score.
The ACT also includes an optional 30-minute writing test designed to measure the student’s skill in planning and writing a short essay. This segment is your chance to highlight your writing skills! If you opt to take it, the additional scores will be reported, along with comments about your essay. These scores are reported separately.
So, if writing is a weak area, you might want to take the ACT and skip the writing section, since it’s currently optional (although some schools will require it, which is another element to keep in mind). If writing is your strength, having extra kudos passed on to your choice schools may benefit you.
The SAT is designed to evaluate your general thinking and problem-solving abilities, as opposed to overall educational development like the ACT tests. The SAT consists of two sections (really three): Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. The SAT differs from the ACT in terms of the amount of time takers have to complete it (3 hours) and the format in which takers must provide their answers.
Similar to the ACT, the SAT has multiple-choice areas, but it also has a part in the Math section where test-takers will be required to produce their answers — no chance of guessing from a set of choices here! And like the ACT, the SAT does not reduce scores for incorrect answers.
When considering which test to take, keep in mind that both tests allot ample time for completion, but the SAT has fewer questions — 154 questions on the SAT compared to the 215 on the ACT. The SAT also focuses heavily on vocabulary, while the ACT hones in on grammar and punctuation.
In spite of their differences, neither test is more likely than the other to produce a great score for any given test-taker. In fact, the vast majority of students perform comparably on both tests.
You may not even need to think in terms of “ACT vs. SAT.” If the colleges you’re interested in accept scores from either test, you may want to consider taking both admissions tests. Each one tests you in a different way, so taking both will let you figure out on which test you score higher.
*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. The College Board and ACT, Inc. are not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.