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Hurricane Irma Delays College Entrance Test ACT

ACT Inc, the maker of the United States’ most used college entrance exam, said on Thursday it has canceled the ACT exam scheduled for Saturday at some of its international test centers because of a leak of the test materials. Hurricanes also cause disruptions in the U.S.

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The test has been rescheduled for affected students at overseas centers. No information about how the test materials were leaked has been announced at this point.The breach and cancellations were confined to specific international test centers.

The first of the new school year, the ACT was to be used by high school seniors applying to colleges this fall. Both the ACT and, the SAT, are used by thousands of U.S. colleges to help choose among millions of college applicants.

Hurricanes Harvey and now Irma have also lead to some ACT rescheduling in U.S. states such as Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.

Source: (Reuters) 

Credit: Hurricane Irma image courtesy ( Nasa)

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Getting into a top US university requires good test scores. Let’s review the two major tests options available: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT).

Scoring well on one of these tests means you don’t need to sit the other, a top ACT score is equivalent to a top SAT score, so which test should you choose?

  • One important difference is duration, SAT (3 hours) vs ACT (2 hours 55 minutes).
  • The ACT allows the use of a calculator for the math questions, SAT does not!
  • If you don’t like science then consider the SAT it doesn’t have a science section, ACT does!
  • Both tests have optional essays (with additional time)

Here’s the  SAT and ACT test scores for Yale :

Test score ranges (25th to 75th percentiles) for enrolled freshmen :

  • SAT-Verbal: 720-800
  • SAT-Math: 710-800
  • SAT-Writing: 710-790
  • ACT: 31-35  (source: YALE) 

Before making your decision on which test to use for your college application, consider using an online testing service that offers practice tests, Magoosh offers a range of tests at affordable prices. Goodluck!

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