Survey: do you live in an SAT or an ACT state?





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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: July 2004 Archive: Survey: do you live in an SAT or an ACT state?
By Prethumous (Prethumous) on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 11:57 pm: Edit

Basically, which of those two tests is more prominent in your neck of the woods?

BTW, post your state as well.

Illinois - ACT

By Number9 (Number9) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 12:04 am: Edit

Ohio. ACT state. Everyone thinks you are making a grave mistake or just dumb if you don't take the ACT around here. Some take both the ACT and SAT, thinking its required by all colleges.

Needless to say, I am only taking the SAT. I refuse to go near the ACT. Everyone acts like I am making some big mistake.

By Ejpowers87 (Ejpowers87) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 12:07 am: Edit

you are, take both, you may be good at ACT and awful at SAT.

By Number9 (Number9) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 12:18 am: Edit

How the •••• am I making a mistake? I looked at the ACT material and didn't care for it. I prefer the SAT, and feel more comfortable learning and trying to improve on its material.

I don't want to have a bad ACT score on record just for kicks, nor do I have time/money to waste on ACT studying on top of SAT, SAT2, and the APs my school fails to teach me.

All the schools I am applying to are on the east coast, and the few safeties around here take the SAT. The ACT is not needed.

By Aspirer42 (Aspirer42) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 01:28 am: Edit

North Carolina- SAT. Taking the ACT is unusual but by no means unheard of.

By Andrew1218 (Andrew1218) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 01:41 am: Edit

southern cali...no one takes the ACT around here, i did just for kicks but i had to drive 45 min to the nearest test location

By Crazylicious (Crazylicious) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 03:08 am: Edit

(southern) cali - i agree with andrew1218 that it's mostly an SAT state... but most people at my school take ACT also (my school is also a testing center for SAT and ACT)

btw, andrew: how did you do on the ACT

By Sarasote (Sarasote) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 03:42 am: Edit

i didnt even know what the ACT was until like 5 months ago. we are an SAT state...as is every other state that isnt in the midwest...ARIZONA

By Candi1657 (Candi1657) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 11:38 am: Edit

NY-SAT state, though I know a few people that took the ACT, after poor performance on the SAT.

By Hopkinslax (Hopkinslax) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 01:26 pm: Edit

NJ- SAT state... but I am submitting my ACT scores which nobody from my school has yet to do :)

By Slipstream99 (Slipstream99) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 01:30 pm: Edit

Space Coast (Central FL) - BIG SAT area. I would say only 5-10% take the ACT, and its usually only when they don't do very well on SAT.

By Ejpowers87 (Ejpowers87) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 02:34 pm: Edit

Wow, sorry #9. The only thing is that if you do badly on the ACT and well on the SAT its good and if you do bad on the SAT and well on the ACT its good. If you looked over the ACT and don't like it, then you will probably do better on the SAT. I just want to take both in case I have a bad day at 1 i can fall back on the other.

By Emilia (Emilia) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 03:21 pm: Edit

Illinois also - ACT, but most take the SAT as well.

By Tlaktan (Tlaktan) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 04:10 pm: Edit

SAT > ACT = California

By Chicagojen (Chicagojen) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:11 pm: Edit

Illinois- We are all forced to take the ACT. The only people I know taking the SAT are applying to competetive colleges and want to see what they do better on.

By Number9 (Number9) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:12 pm: Edit

EJpowers87 -- you took me to harshly. ;) Sorry if I came off too caustic.

Anyway: Our area seems like a 95% ACT zone. The other 5% probably take both.

By Mesotired9 (Mesotired9) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 08:13 pm: Edit

Pennsylvania- SAT
(At least, in the Philadelphia area.)

By Korey (Korey) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 09:04 pm: Edit

Mississippi = ACT state

By Illuminati (Illuminati) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 11:59 pm: Edit

Minnesota...ACT

By Maryville (Maryville) on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 01:46 am: Edit

Missouri - ACT state (surprise)

By Silver4 (Silver4) on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 12:14 pm: Edit

Virginia - SAT almost always. I know ONE guy who took the ACT.

By Qwert271 (Qwert271) on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 01:15 pm: Edit

RI - SAT

By Jefiner41 (Jefiner41) on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 03:10 pm: Edit

Texas - ACT

By Riflesforwatie (Riflesforwatie) on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 03:10 pm: Edit

Oklahoma - ACT state

By Ecnerwalc (Ecnerwalc) on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 11:24 pm: Edit

Alabama- ACT

By Andrew1218 (Andrew1218) on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 01:26 am: Edit

"btw, andrew: how did you do on the ACT"
i was unprepared and got 28..but im going to take it again, my subscores were rediculous (30,36,23,22). I went WAY too slow on reading and didnt finish the 2nd to last section, that snowballed and i was flustered the whole science section and didnt finish that either. so hopefully with a little preparation i can get htose 2 scores up with my other ones.

By Athlonmj (Athlonmj) on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 01:54 pm: Edit

Illinois - ACT

We have a mandatory ACT test date every April for Juniors

By Bigdreamscj (Bigdreamscj) on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 03:27 pm: Edit

SAT, California. But I've taken the ACT and done better.

By Monarchsfan16 (Monarchsfan16) on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 09:15 pm: Edit

NH=SAT
But I took the ACT, and several people in my classes took the ACT. Mostly to see which we did better on. A few are also applying to midwest colleges. The ACT is pretty uncommon around here though. If I wanted to retake I'd have to wait until December to take it somewhere within 2 hours of my house.

By Newo54 (Newo54) on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 03:29 pm: Edit

Tennessee - Pretty evenly split between the two where I live, but it's probably a little more of an ACT state.
But I took only the SAT.

By Miamidude (Miamidude) on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 03:56 pm: Edit

FLorida= SAT

pussy way out, ACT

i think ill do both

By Neelesh (Neelesh) on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 04:00 pm: Edit

Idaho-ACT. when i took the SAT last time, there were like only 30 people, out of the entire eastern idaho, which has a pop like 400,000. yea small....

im gonna take both. i took SAT twice, got my ass kicked twice, and am gonna take it one more time in OCT, and im takin the ACT for the first time in OCT also. im hopin for a 31...and on SAT, a 1400

By Vtoodler (Vtoodler) on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 04:04 pm: Edit

Missouri-mostly ACT

By Taylor6465 (Taylor6465) on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:12 pm: Edit

Virginia=overwhelmingly SAT.

You have to drive to Richmond to take it (so far as I know) which is two hours away, while at least one high school in most counties will administer the SAT (20 minutes away for me). I only know 2 people that have taken the ACT.

By Marymary (Marymary) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 10:49 am: Edit

North-Central PA - SAT definately. About 5 people from my school took the ACT and those were either people who didn't do so well on the SAT or crazy people who just like to take really long tests. =)

By Kinglin2 (Kinglin2) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 06:14 pm: Edit

Missouri-ACT, from what are school says is that they reccomend we take the act being in the midwest since it appears to be a bigger deal around here. Also we were told that the SAT is a bigger deal along the coast.

By Just_Forget_Me (Just_Forget_Me) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 03:54 pm: Edit

I agree with #9 about Ohio being an ACT state.

I got a 1600 on my SAT, and the first question people ask me when they find out is "what'd you get on the ACT?" When I tell them I'm not taking the ACT, they ask me why not. Then I say "How could it help me?" and they kind of look puzzled and drop the subject (which is fine with me).


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