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Seeking every advantage: the phenomenon of taking both the SAT and ACT

Economics of Education Review Volume 23, Number 2 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Although the SAT has traditionally been the standardized test of choice for Texas students, nearly a third of the college-bound population in 1998 opted to take the ACT in addition to the SAT. Because most universities now accept both the SAT and the ACT, many testing experts believe taking both exams is a growing trend due to increased pressure students feel to obtain admission to selective colleges and universities (). Logit results using data from the Texas Schools Microdata Panel for over 98,000 students taking a college entrance exam indicate that Hispanic, Asian and male students are all less likely to take both the SAT and ACT, while first generation college students are more likely to take both exams. Separate models based upon likelihood of admission reveal that students with marginal grades and test scores are more likely to take both tests than high and low-performing students.


Thomas, M.K. Seeking every advantage: the phenomenon of taking both the SAT and ACT. Economics of Education Review, 23(2), 203-208. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 2, 2020 from .

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