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ACT vs. SAT: Which Standardized Test Fits You Best?

SAT

Instead of spending several hours randomly studying for either the ACT or the SAT and hoping for the best, try a more calculated way to maximize your scores and possible scholarship earnings. We’ve highlighted the key differences between the ACT and SAT below:

S T R U C T U R E

ACT:
Multiple choice. The difficulty level remains the same throughout the entire test.

SAT:
Multiple choice and some written answers. Difficulty level gradually increases throughout the test.

MATH

ACT:
Math (Geometry and some basic Trigonometry)

SAT:
Math (Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, Trigonometry). Focuses on problem-solving & data analysis, the heart of Algebra, and passport to advanced math.

V O C A B / R E A D I N G

ACT:
English and Reading. Emphasis on language skills

SAT:
Evidence-based Reading and Writing. Emphasis on vocabulary based on an extended context.

S C I E N C E

ACT:
Science (Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, and Physics)

SAT:
No Science.

L E N G T H  &  T I M E

ACT:
215 questions, 2 hrs. 55 mins.

SAT:
154 questions, 3 hrs.

W R I T I N G  &  E S S A Y

ACT:
Optional. 30 mins. Emphasis on punctuation and rhetoric strategies. Students will be prompted to take a stand on a potentially controversial topic.

SAT:
Optional. 50 mins. Scored separately on a 2-8 scale.

G U E S S I N G

ACT:
There is no penalty for guessing, so be sure to mark an answer for every question.

SAT:
There is no penalty for guessing wrong answers.

TIP:
Pick one letter for guessing and stick with it.

D E S I G N E D  T O

ACT:
Test achievement and measure student knowledge.

SAT:
Test aptitude and reasoning skills to predict college learning capability.

S C O R I N G

ACT:
Each section is scored out of 36 points.

SAT:
Each section is scored on a 200-800 point range and is weighted. Total score 400-1600.

S E C T I O N - R E T E S T I N G

ACT:
Now allows students to take individual sections to improve their sub scores and increase their overall composite score at schools that accept super scores.

SAT:
Not yet available

Make sure to bring:

  • Your printed admission ticket
  • Photo ID
  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An approved calculator
  • Watch (no phones!

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