How does the ACT compare to the SAT?

 

 

                                         

SAT

                           

                                         

ACT

                           

                                         

How many times per year is the test offered?

                           

                                         

7

                           

                                         

6

                           

                                         

What does the test cover?

                           

                                         

The test includes 10 sections                                          

                                         

> 3 Math

                                         

> 3 Writing (one essay)

                                         

> 3 Critical Reading, and                                          

                                         

> 1 unscored Experimental section that may be math or                                           reading

                                         

 

                                         

                           

                                         

The test includes four sections:

                                         

>1 English

                                         

>1 Math

                                         

>1 Reading, and                                          

                                         

>1 Science Reasoning.                                          

                                         

 

                                         

                                         

An optional essay section is available.

                           

                                         

Do my classes in school help with the test?

                           

                                         

Not as much – the SAT is a reasoning test and not a test                                           based on standard high school curricula

                           

                                         

Yes – the ACT is a more straight forward test based on                                           student knowledge

                           

                                         

Is the test tricky?

                           

                                         

Yes -

                           

                                         

No – the ACT does not try to mislead test takers with answers                                           that look appealing but are incorrect

                           

                                         

How long is the test?

                           

                                         

3 hours 45 minutes

                                         

                                         

                           

                                         

2 hours 55 minutes                                          

                                         

(not including optional writing test)                                          

                           

                                         

Is there a guessing penalty for wrong answers?

                           

                                         

Yes

                           

                                         

No                                          

                           

                                         

Are all previous scores sent to colleges?                                          

                           

                                         

No – you chose the results by test date to send to                                           colleges.                                          

                           

                                         

No – you chose the results by test date to send to                                           colleges.                                          

                           

                                         

How do I find out more about the test?

                           

                                         

Educational Testing Service:

www.ets.org

 

The                                           College Board:

www.collegeboard.com

                           

                                         

ACT, Inc.:

www.ACT.org

                                         

 

                                         

                                         

 

                                         

                                         

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