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The ACT and SAT are standardized tests widely used by American college admissions as ONE component for assessment of an applicant's readiness for university studies. Most colleges accept scores from either or both exams. In addition, the scores are sometimes used to determine awards of scholarships and grants. 




What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

Great Resource for Comparison:

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school.  

The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. 

The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.

The SAT  takes off for wrong answers.  

The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

ACT questions tend to be more straightforward. ACT questions are often easier to understand on a first read. 

On the SAT, you may need to spend time figuring out what you're being asked before you can start solving the problem. For example, here are sample questions from the SAT essay and the  ACT writing test (their name for the 
SAT: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value?
ACT: In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?

Colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT. So which should you take?
It is highly recommended that you take BOTH the SAT and ACT your Junior year.  

How do the scores compare?
ACT and the College Board have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between two scores on the ACT and SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores, but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores.
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Register for the SAT or ACT on their respective websites. Online registration is the fastest and most efficient method but mail-in registration is also available. You will need the Wills Point High school CEEB code: 447570 and a recent digital photo of yourself for your admission ticket.

Regular registration ends about six weeks prior to the test date. Late registration (with an additional fee) closes about two weeks later. Register early if you have a preference for location or if you are applying for accommodations. See test dates here:

If you miss the registration windows, you can apply for Standby Testing (ACT) or Waitlist (SAT) but you must sign-up during the Standby Request Period.

The ACT allows you to retake sections of the test.

Texas Success Initative 

Contact: Mrs. Carpenter for Testing dates, Registration, and Make ups

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ASVAB Career Exploration Program

Per Texas law, schools are required to offer the ASVAB CEP exam to students in grades 10-12.  While it is true that a student who wishes to enlist in any military branch of service after high school must take the ASVAB, taking this assessment does not obligate a student to enter the military, nor does it obligate a student to speak to a recruiter.

After taking the ASVAB CEP, a student will have access to a career exploration program that can be beneficial in helping to decide what career path might be best suited to him/her, and help to narrow down choices in college or vocational schools after high school.

For more information about the ASVAB CEP, you can explore their webpage here or visit with your High School Counselor.