by Lindsay Field
MARIETTA — While the SATs have long been considered the gold standard for college admissions, the ACT is seeing widespread acceptance, with most universities accepting scores for either test.
The ACT is seeing growing popularity among Marietta and Cobb County school district students. In 2011, 41 percent of Cobb seniors took the ACT, compared to 31 percent in 2007, according to the district’s website. At the same time, SATs participation has dropped, with 81 percent taking them in 2011, compared to 82 percent in 2007.
For the same time period, Marietta High School has seen a 36 percent increase in students taking the ACT, compared to a 7.45 percent increase on the SAT, said Principal Leigh Colburn.
Cobb’s chief academic officer Dr. Judi Jones said more colleges and universities are accepting ACT scores for admissions.
“For many years Georgia was primarily an SAT state because that was the main assessment accepted by post-secondary institutions when students applied for admission. The test scores are still included as part of the student’s profile, but it is not the main reason why a student would be accepted. Post-secondary institutions still require a test score, but they are more willing to accept either an SAT or an ACT score. Many students now routinely take both.” Read More