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
Multiple choice. The difficulty level remains the same throughout the entire test.
Multiple choice and some written answers. Difficulty level gradually increases throughout the test.
Math (Geometry and some basic Trigonometry)
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
English and Reading. Emphasis on language skills
Evidence-based Reading and Writing. Emphasis on vocabulary based on an extended context.
S C I E N C E
Science (Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, and Physics)
L E N G T H & T I M E
215 questions, 2 hrs. 55 mins.
154 questions, 3 hrs.
W R I T I N G & E S S A Y
Optional. 30 mins. Emphasis on punctuation and rhetoric strategies. Students will be prompted to take a stand on a potentially controversial topic.
Optional. 50 mins. Scored separately on a 2-8 scale.
G U E S S I N G
There is no penalty for guessing, so be sure to mark an answer for every question.
There is no penalty for guessing wrong answers.
Pick one letter for guessing and stick with it.
D E S I G N E D T O
Test achievement and measure student knowledge.
Test aptitude and reasoning skills to predict college learning capability.
S C O R I N G
Each section is scored out of 36 points.
Each section is scored on a 200-800 point range and is weighted. Total score 400-1600.
Make sure to bring:
- Your printed admission ticket
- Photo ID
- Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
- An approved calculator
- Watch (no phones!