If you are a teen or the parent of a high school junior or senior, the SAT and ACT exams should be on your radar.  Both exams are accepted at most U.S. colleges and universities, but which one will you submit on your college applications?

The Princeton Review offers FREE full-length practice SAT and ACT exams. Tests are generally offered on Saturday mornings, in a classroom that closely matches the real test environment. A few weeks later, you will receive a detailed score report showing areas of strength and specific concepts that need more attention. Click here or visitwww.princetonreview.com and search “practice test”. Test dates and locations can be found by zip code or state.

I recommend that students take both the ACT and the SAT during the Spring of Junior Year. After receiving scores from both exams, the student should determine which exam they performed highest on, then study for and retake that test in the early Fall of Senior Year. But if you’re already a senior, take a free practice exam ASAP and see what areas to focus on before taking the actual SAT or ACT in November or December.

For more free SAT and ACT tests online, visit:

The SAT Reasoning Test costs $47.00. The cost of the ACT Plus Writing is $48.00. This includes the score report sent to the student, the student’s high school, and the four colleges selected by the student.  Fee Waivers are available for both tests to students who qualify, just ask your guidance counselor for a fee waiver application.  Next test dates are as follows:

SAT:  Sat, October 1 or Sat, November 5, 2011
ACT: Sat, September 10 (late fee required) or Sat, October 22, 2011

This has been a guest post by Carrie, AVID Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Middle College High School
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