Story by: Lacee Getter, Becca Spilka, Hayley Younginer

This is the moment students have been studying and memorizing and working tirelessly for the past three years of their lives for. Their futures stare back at them, ready to be written.

Ready, set, start your test.

“I bought an ACT prep book and studied that for a couple months in order to prepare for the ACT,” senior Ken Crawford said.

The SAT and ACT are taken by millions of students across the United States to get accepted into their dream college or university. For many students the SAT and ACT can be a hit or miss. In many cases, some students excel better at one test than the other.

“I’m generally bad at the SAT, but my strengths on the ACT are science and grammar; however, I’m bad at reading and working under pressure,” senior Savannah Dale said.

The SAT is split up into three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. The ACT has a Math, Reading, Science, Grammar, and Writing section.

“The ACT and SAT are kind of the same, but I did feel like the math was easier on the ACT,” Ken said.

With the SAT and ACT being categorized into different sections, some students have trouble with particular parts, while others tend to be stronger.

“My strengths on the SAT and ACT are definitely math, but my weakness is probably the reading section,” Ken said.

Many students take preparation classes and workshops to prepare for both test. Test taking strategies and shortcuts are taught in these classes to increase their overall scores.

“The powerscore class was unlike any other SAT class that I’ve taken because it focused on every aspect of the test,” senior Haley Owens said. “Instead of viewing the test in broad terms, the instructor broke it up into smaller, more specific pieces of each section.”

These classes can also provide many other opportunities and skills other than increasing SAT and ACT test scores.

“I highly recommend taking the power score course. It is expensive without the discount code offered by DFHS; however, this class could potentially open new doors for many scholarships, saving the student and his/her parents thousands of dollars each year,” Haley said. “Not only does the power score class benefit the student while taking the SAT but it also teaches ideas that can be carried over to the classroom.”