8 Answers to Common ACT and SAT Questions Should you take the ACT or SAT? Colleges accept both ACT and SAT scores. You can therefore take either test. While some students take both the ACT and SAT, admis- sions counselors often recommend that you take a practice test for both, and then spend your time and energy preparing for the test you’re likely to do better on. How do you sign up? YoucansignupfortheACTatwww.act.organdfortheSATatwww. collegeboard.org. Registration deadlines are five to six weeks prior to each test date. Both the ACT and SAT 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.) You can expect your scores to be available two to four weeks after the test. When should you take the ACT and SAT? You should take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of your junior year. If you want to improve your scores, you can then retake these tests in the fall of your senior year. How should you prepare? In order to become familiar with the types of questions and the test formats, take advantage of the free test prep resources and practicetestsatwww.collegeboard.organdwww.act.org.Testprep materials can also be found online 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, you have to take some practice tests.” Olivia