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Beaufort Co. Schools Say ACT Test Offers More Benefits

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The SAT is getting a facelift but that's not swaying one lowcountry school district from favoring its rival test.

Beaufort county schools will soon begin administering the ACT to all junior students.

"We've actually been working to adopt new curricular methods and testing methods to make sure our students are really trying to meet the demands of 21st century education," said Chief Instructional Services Officer, Dr. Dereck Rhoades.

And part of that is adopting the ACT test, which will be paid for through grant money and administered to every junior next year during a regular school day.

"We will receive a lot of diagnostics from ACT by doing that, that will help in doing interventions for students, to help them sure-up any gaps they might have in post-high school experiences, whether that's military, college, or workforce entrance."

To help get your child ready for these tests officials say reading is the best thing you can do as well as some online test preparation.

"Both the college board and ACT have question of the day on their websites, but I think that the tests are starting to align with what teachers, students and parents are already doing"

But if you still need to take the SAT test don't worry, the district will continue to offer it on Saturdays and may end up switching things up for 2016

"With the SAT making its changes we'll continue to look at the two tests and what benefits it might have for our students and teachers as it relates to helping prepare our students the best we can."

We did some checking, and there are still more students in South Carolina taking the SAT than the ACT. In Beaufort county, about 710 students took the SAT last year compared to about 430 taking the ACT. But officials say, the number of district students taking the act has continued to grow.

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