If you are planning to apply to college, you will most likely need to take at least one college entrance exam.
While some schools are “test optional” SAT and ACT scores are a key metric at most colleges. Not only do high scores improve your chances of acceptance, they can also lead to tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money.
Those who tell you that the SAT and ACT are about the same and that you can’t prep for either are misguided. Practice and learned test-taking skills can and will improve your scores. The ACT and SAT are different tests and you may score significantly higher on one than on the other.
There are other programs, courses and exams that can enable you to earn college credit such as: International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP).