Tips on taking the SAT or ACT

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Most colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT for student admission. Some students will fare better on the SAT, while others do well on the ACT, according to the College Board.

Many high school students will take prep courses for one or both of the college readiness exams.

The best way to prepare for either of these exams is to take challenging courses, according to academic experts.

It does, however, help to become familiar with the organization and structure of the tests before taking them.

SAT practice tests are available at www.collegeboard.org, and ACT samples can be viewed at www.act.org.

The SAT tests mathematics, critical reading and writing skills, while the ACT grades based on English, mathematics, reading and science.

Many colleges will often use the SAT tests for admission, course placement and to advise students about course selection.

Some colleges will specify the SAT and ACT subject test areas that they will require for admission or placement.

It takes three hours and forty-five minutes to take the SAT test, and it costs $49. Possible test scores range from 600 to 2400, combining results from three separate 800-point sections.

It costs $34 to take the ACT, and it lasts about four hours to take. A composite score and test score can range from 1 to 36. The composite score is the average of all four test area scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.

For more information or to find out how to register, visit www.sat.collegeboard.org or www.act.org.