So which one should you take? What are the differences between them?

SAT 
ACT 
How is it structured? 
Reading: 52 questions in 65 min
Math: 20 questions in 25 min with no calculator & 38 questions in 55 min with a calculator
Writing & Language: 44 questions in 35 min
Optional Essay: 1 prompt, 50 min 
English: 75 questions in 45 min
Math: 60 questions in 60 min (calculator allowed on all questions)
Reading: 40 questions in 35 min
Science: 40 questions in 35 min
Optional Writing: 1 prompt, 40 min 
What are the questions like? 
Questions are structured to be relevant to what is studied at school and the real world. Many problems require multistep problem solving and reasoning. 
Questions are straightforward, but pacing of the test is quicker (more questions to answer in allotted time). 
How is it scored? 
Math: scale of 200 – 800
Reading & Writing: scale of 200800
Composite SAT score: the sum of the two section scores and range from 4001600. 
English: scale of 1 – 36
Math: scale of 1 – 36
Reading: scale of 1 – 36
Science: scale of 1 – 36
Composite ACT score: the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 136 
Do the questions get harder as you go along? 
Yes, the questions appear in order of difficulty for Math and Writing. In reading, questions progress chronologically. 
No, questions appear in random order. 
What Math concepts are on it? 
Arithmetic
Dataanalysis
Algebra 1
Geometry
Trigonometry
(formulas provided) 
Arithmetic
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Functions
Geometry
Trigonometry
(no formulas provided) 
Is there Score Choice? 
Yes, you can choose which SAT score date(s) to submit to colleges 
Yes, you can choose which ACT score date(s) to submit to colleges 
When is it offered? 
Seven times per year: January
March
May
June
October
November
December
*As of 2017, August will be an option, and January will not.

Six times per year:
February
April
June
September
October
December 
How do I register? 
www.collegeboard.com 
www.act.org 



























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