Frequenty Asked Questions

How is the ACT different from the SAT?

The SAT is an aptitude test (a test designed to test a student’s thinking by presenting wrong answers). The ACT is an achievement test (a test designed to assess what a student has learned. The ACT is composed of four sections – English, Reading, Math and Science – and one optional writing section. The SAT has 10 sections testing critical thinking in the areas of reading, math, and writing.


Should I register for the optional writing section?

The ACT writing portion is not required by every college/university; we recommend that the student take the writing portion of the test in case the student decides to apply to a school that requires the writing portion.


Is one test preferred by colleges and universities over another?

The SAT and ACT are both accepted at colleges/universities. The best thing to do is take both tests because some students find that they score much higher on one test verses the other. Also, refer to the college/university website to see if your school has a preference.


When should my student start applying to colleges/universities?

Students should begin to apply for colleges/universities in July before their senior year. The sooner they apply the better. Applying for early admissions to school could help your student secure more financial aid and scholarships.


How do I know if my Dual Credit classes transfer once I graduate?

Most general classes transfer to other universities (English, Math, Social Studies, Economics, Government, Etc.), but the best thing to do is check directly with that College/University for verification.


When should I begin to fill out my FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

Students should begin to fill out FAFSA 1st day of October their senior year of high school. All students must complete a FAFSA before a college or university will award scholarships or financial aid.