Students Who Take the SAT vs. the ACT in Each State

Where is the SAT popular? Where is the ACT popular? We compared the percentage of students in each state who take the SAT vs. the ACT. Check out our interactive map below to see which exam is most popular in your state!

Surprisingly, the SAT is most popular around the coastal states, while the SAT is popular in the middle of the country. In many states, one exam is overwhelmingly more popular than the other.

State Name % Students Who Take the SAT % Students Who Take the ACT
State Name Alabama
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.7%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.3%
State Name Alaska
% Students Who Take the SAT 71.9%
% Students Who Take the ACT 28.1%
State Name Arizona
% Students Who Take the SAT 55.4%
% Students Who Take the ACT 44.6%
State Name Arkansas
% Students Who Take the SAT 1.4%
% Students Who Take the ACT 98.6%
State Name California
% Students Who Take the SAT 83.5%
% Students Who Take the ACT 16.5%
State Name Colorado
% Students Who Take the SAT 10.2%
% Students Who Take the ACT 89.8%
State Name Connecticut
% Students Who Take the SAT 90.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 9.7%
State Name Delaware
% Students Who Take the SAT 95.2%
% Students Who Take the ACT 4.8%
State Name Florida
% Students Who Take the SAT 68.6%
% Students Who Take the ACT 31.5%
State Name Georgia
% Students Who Take the SAT 71.9%
% Students Who Take the ACT 28.1%
State Name Hawaii
% Students Who Take the SAT 80.4%
% Students Who Take the ACT 19.6%
State Name Idaho
% Students Who Take the SAT 67.1%
% Students Who Take the ACT 32.9%
State Name Illinois
% Students Who Take the SAT 4.9%
% Students Who Take the ACT 95.1%
State Name Indiana
% Students Who Take the SAT 84.0%
% Students Who Take the ACT 16.0%
State Name Iowa
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.4%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.7%
State Name Kansas
% Students Who Take the SAT 3.6%
% Students Who Take the ACT 96.4%
State Name Kentucky
% Students Who Take the SAT 1.9%
% Students Who Take the ACT 98.1%
State Name Louisiana
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.2%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.9%
State Name Maine
% Students Who Take the SAT 97.6%
% Students Who Take the ACT 2.5%
State Name Maryland
% Students Who Take the SAT 91.0%
% Students Who Take the ACT 9.0%
State Name Massachusetts
% Students Who Take the SAT 91.4%
% Students Who Take the ACT 8.6%
State Name Michigan
% Students Who Take the SAT 25.8%
% Students Who Take the ACT 74.2%
State Name Minnesota
% Students Who Take the SAT 3.9%
% Students Who Take the ACT 96.1%
State Name Mississippi
% Students Who Take the SAT 1.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 98.7%
State Name Missouri
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.7%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.3%
State Name Montana
% Students Who Take the SAT 13.8%
% Students Who Take the ACT 86.2%
State Name Nebraska
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.2%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.8%
State Name Nevada
% Students Who Take the SAT 54.6%
% Students Who Take the ACT 45.5%
State Name New Hampshire
% Students Who Take the SAT 93.8%
% Students Who Take the ACT 6.2%
State Name New Jersey
% Students Who Take the SAT 90.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 9.7%
State Name New Mexico
% Students Who Take the SAT 11.1%
% Students Who Take the ACT 88.9%
State Name New York
% Students Who Take the SAT 88.2%
% Students Who Take the ACT 11.8%
State Name North Carolina
% Students Who Take the SAT 71.2%
% Students Who Take the ACT 28.8%
State Name North Dakota
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.0%
% Students Who Take the ACT 98.0%
State Name Ohio
% Students Who Take the SAT 9.1%
% Students Who Take the ACT 90.9%
State Name Oklahoma
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.0%
% Students Who Take the ACT 98.1%
State Name Oregon
% Students Who Take the SAT 78.1%
% Students Who Take the ACT 21.9%
State Name Pennsylvania
% Students Who Take the SAT 93.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 6.8%
State Name Puerto Rico
% Students Who Take the SAT 95.0%
% Students Who Take the ACT 5.0%
State Name Rhode Island
% Students Who Take the SAT 93.6%
% Students Who Take the ACT 6.4%
State Name South Carolina
% Students Who Take the SAT 66.6%
% Students Who Take the ACT 33.4%
State Name South Dakota
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.7%
State Name Tennessee
% Students Who Take the SAT 3.5%
% Students Who Take the ACT 96.5%
State Name Texas
% Students Who Take the SAT 77.4%
% Students Who Take the ACT 22.6%
State Name Utah
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.7%
State Name Vermont
% Students Who Take the SAT 88.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 11.8%
State Name Virginia
% Students Who Take the SAT 91.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 8.7%
State Name Washington
% Students Who Take the SAT 86.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 13.7%
State Name Washington, District of Columbia
% Students Who Take the SAT 88.3%
% Students Who Take the ACT 11.7%
State Name West Virginia
% Students Who Take the SAT 10.7%
% Students Who Take the ACT 89.3%
State Name Wisconsin
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.5%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.5%
State Name Wyoming
% Students Who Take the SAT 2.2%
% Students Who Take the ACT 97.8%
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Students Who Take the SAT vs. the ACT in Each State