SAT ~ ACT Prep
The links below are excellent resources for students who are preparing to take the college application tests, the SAT and/or the ACT. The Marian Counseling Office also has test preparation books available for loan to Marian students, and area public libraries similarly offer test preparation resources to their communities.
What is College Board?
What is the PSAT?
What are the SAT and ACT?
The SAT and ACT are standardized tests that measure the broad knowledge base that a student has accumulated in high school and can determine a student’s relative preparedness for college-level educational programs. These test scores are used for college admissions decisions and merit-based scholarship awards.
While generally both ACT and SAT cover the same type of content, each test has its unique focus, length, rules, and strategies. Students are encouraged to research and prepare for each type of test independently. For further explanation of each test, please visit Princeton Overview of ACT and SAT.
The admissions requirements for every college and university are unique, including which standardized test scores will be accepted for admissions decisions. Students must investigate for themselves which test, or both, makes sense for them to take, and also to understand what scores need to be earned to make themselves a reasonable candidate for admissions consideration to their target institutions.
The College Board is the organizer and distributor of the PSAT and SAT. ACT governs its own testing and score distribution.