8 Answers to Common ACT and SAT Questions Should a student take the ACT or the SAT? Colleges accept both ACT and SAT scores. Students can therefore take either test. While some students take both the ACT and SAT, admissions counselors often recommend that students take a practice test for both, and then spend their time and energy pre- paring for the test they’re likely to do better on. How do students sign up? Students can sign up for the ACT at www.act.org and for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org.Registrationdeadlinesarefivetosixweeks prior to each test date. Both tests are given on Saturday mornings, and both take three to four hours. (Some high schools now make it possible for students to take the ACT or SAT during the school day.) Scores are available two to four weeks after the test. When should students take the ACT and SAT? Students should take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of their junior year. This gives students who want to improve their scores time to retake them. How should students prepare? In order to become familiar with the test formats and the types of questions asked, students should take advantage of the free test prep resources and practice tests available at www.act.org and www.collegeboard.org.Testprepmaterialscanalsobefoundonline and in bookstores and libraries. Following a strong college prep program in high school is the best preparation for both the ACT and the SAT! “My first practice test score was pretty low. I went over what I missed, took another test, and my score went way up. I ended up with an even higher score on the real test. If you want to do well on these tests, youhavetotakesomepracticetests.” Olivia,senior