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SAT/ACT: What Are WJ Students Up To?

A major factor in the college application process is standardized testing. While some schools are becoming “test-optional,” most schools require students to take the SAT or the ACT for application and admission.


As students think about their futures, The Pitch Online has compiled a resource for students to use while planning and preparing for these daunting tests.


What Are WJ Students Up To?

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Which tests have you taken or plan on taking?

SAT ACT Both
58% 3% 39%

Do you prepare for the SAT/ACT?

Yes No
89% 11%

If yes, how do you prepare?

Tutor Class In Home Other
24% 40% 34% 2%

Which organization do you prepare with?

Kaplan Huntington Learning Triumph Online Capital Educators MC Princeton Review College Board Other
20% 2% 13% 13% 8% 4% 3% 37%

Which SAT section is the hardest?

Critical Reading Writing Math Essay
42% 19% 27% 12%

Which SAT section is the easiest?

Critical Reading Writing Math Essay
20% 30% 37% 13%

*The Pitch Online surveyed 180 juniors and seniors in 10 fourth period classes.


Free For All

We asked students to describe what they found most helpful and least helpful from their test preparation. Here are some answers.

Most Helpful

“The learning strategy” “The test taking techniques” “The vocabulary”

“Small tricks to help you understand quickly” “Learning the format of the test”

“Taking different sections everyday” “Taking practice tests”

Least Helpful

“How long it was!” “Information about the essay section” “The stress”

“The repetition” “Occasionally not a real testing atmoshpere”

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