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January 7, 2019

Dear Faith: Should I take the ACT and SAT tests, or just one of them? Should I take the tests more than once?

Faith says: Most colleges and universities will accept the ACT or SAT test scores for admission. So, while you are exploring colleges, check with each school where you plan to apply for their requirements regarding the ACT or SAT tests.

There is no magic number for how many times you should take the ACT or SAT. For some students, taking the test once is enough; while others may need to take a test twice or more to improve their scores.

It's also important when you take the tests. The ACT is considered a junior-level test--it tests material that is generally covered in 11th grade. Many high schools recommend for students to take their first ACT test in the spring of their junior year, while the information is current. Most students take the SAT test for the first time in the spring of their junior year and possibly retake it in the fall of their senior year if they want to improve their score.