Tag: ACT

Great Alternative to the Limited Availability for the ACT

As you can see from our post about the “limited ACT Test seats in September 2016 many months in advance” post, it is hard to take the popular college bound admissions exam.  However, as we have reported, the New SAT has possibly become easier at least with regards to Reading and Grammar.

So, we decided to check on the availability this fall with the first test here in Hong Kong.  At first, it looked as bleak as the ACT availability:

SAT Seats Appear Full

Seats appearing full for the Sept SAT

However, after further examination, there are MANY seats available:

September New SAT Availability in Hong Kong

SAT seats Availability in Hong Kong 4 SAT seats Availability in Hong Kong 1 SAT seats Availability in Hong Kong 2

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Importance of Reading for new sat and act

booksSo the standardized tests are dueling. Prompted in part by the ACT’s runaway success, the SAT is loudly overhauling its test structure. The ACT is also adjusting its format albeit more quietly. The new SAT and ACT will now be more aligned than they ever have been before, which is good or bad depending on how you look at it.


On the plus side, the tests should feel more similar to high school and college curriculums. Students no longer have to stuff their brains full of obscure SAT vocabulary words they will forget the moment they finish the test. Instead, the new SAT asks kids to understand words through context. It’s much more similar to the way in which vocabulary is introduced in college as well as the working world. Similarly, the tools kids need to succeed on the new ACT are now theoretically more closely linked to the tools kids need to succeed in college. The new ACT essay, for example, focuses more on world issues rather than the particular school debates of before. For both tests, the changes are designed to be more related and relatable to high school and college classrooms.

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SAT takes a big bite out of the ACT Numbers

The ACT has been outpacing the SAT in the U.S. in recent years.

Check this graph we put together:

ACT vs the SAT

However, this past month, Michigan announced they are replacing the ACT in their schools as a High School requirement.

Well, at least for 3 years, Michigan will now persuade their students they need to be more proficient at the SAT.  Interestingly enough, the NEW SAT is to change in March of 2016.

 SAT 改革效應



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ACT Testing Centers in Hong Kong

The ACT is one of the two most accepted exams for college entrance into United States colleges and universities. The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority helps administer the test here in Hong Kong.  However, some of the information may be a little confusing and so we’re here trying to help you understand more about the centers including locations, registration and other frequently asked questions.

December 2014 ACT – Hong Kong Testing Centers

There are 3 centers we know about:

  1. The Fortress Hill Assessment Centre (Z)
  2. The San Po Kong Office (A)
  3. Tsung Tsin Middle School (B)

Here are where they are on a Hong Kong map:

ACT Testing Centers - December 2014

For more details, please feel free to click on this link which will provide a full .pdf about the locations for the December 2014 ACT in Hong Kong.

2015 ACT Testing Centers in Hong Kong

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