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Most international students take the SAT to prepare to apply to U.S. colleges. But the SAT is not the only test available. Another test, the ACT, is accepted by all U.S. colleges, and we think you should take that first.
The ACT is a more straight forward test and surveys your knowledge learned, whereas the SAT is more focused on critical thinking and reasoning, a challenge for many non-native English speakers.
The ACT is also becoming more popular in the United States. For the first time last year, more graduating seniors had taken the ACT than the SAT.
While the number of international students choosing the ACT is rising, they still represent a smaller portion than those from the U.S. The most likely reason is that Chinese students aren't usually aware of the ACT. Plus, there has not been a major marketing push by ACT internationally, despite having 400 testing centers worldwide.
While the SAT tests critical reading, math and writing, the ACT tests English, math, science and reaching. Given its focus on science, the structure of ACT is conducive to international education and standards. The only issue is mastery of English, which is challenge for international students who are non-native speakers of English.
For those with language challenges, consider a Skype session with Hillview Prep. Can Shakespeare help you solve ACT Science? Yes, he can. If you are good in Science, but struggling in the test, try improving your reading comprehension! What does reading comprehension have to do with science? Simply put, both sections have the same approach and same comprehension methods. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about our ACT prep courses.