Sat

SAT versus ACT

SAT  ACT Additional Info
Length 3 hours + 50 min. for optional essay 3 hours + 40 min. for optional essay
Structure 3 Sections:

Reading: 65 min. – 52 questions

Writing & Language: 35 min. – 44 questions

Math:  2 Parts:

-No calculator 25 min.  – 20 questions

-With calculator 55 min. – 38 questions

Optional Essay- 50 min.

4 Sections:

  • English: 45 min. – 75 questions
  • Math: 60 min. – 60 questions
  • Reading: 35 min. – 40 questions
  • Science: 35 min. – 40 questions

Optional Essay- 40 min.

Content Emphasis on critical thinking, real-world problem solving and understanding context.

*Common-core based

Requires knowledge of varied subjects. Questions are relatively straightforward.

*Fast-paced

Math Accounts for 50% of total score

  • Pre-algrebra, algebra, geometry, basic trig. and advanced math topics
  • No calculator on 1 of 2 Math sections
  • 13 Grid-in questions (no answer choices)
  • Formulas given
Accounts for 25% of the composite score

  • Pre-algebra, algebra, coordinate and plane geometry, basic trigonometry
  • Straightforward questions
  • More emphasis on geometry than SAT
  • Formulas not given
Reading 4 single passages and 1 paired passage

  • 2 passages include diagrams and charts
  • 1 passage from US “founding document”
  • longer answer choices
  • vocab questions embedded in the passage
4 long passages, one is usually a double passage

  • straightforward questions requiring close reading of passages
  • less time per question
  • shorter answer choices
  • vocabulary in context
English/Writing Revise/edit passages for:

  • grammar/usage
  • punctuation
  • sentence structure
  • includes informational graphics
Revise/edit passages for:

  • grammar/usage
  • punctuation
  • sentence structure
  • commonly confused words
 

English sections are very similar on both tests

Science No Science section on SAT but science-related questions are in Reading and Math sections 40 reasoning questions within 6-7 passages, charts, tables and diagrams to read and interpret
Essay Final section – 50 min.

Scored separately

Final section – 40 min.

Scored separately

Optional, but required by some colleges
Penalties No penalty for wrong answers No penalty for wrong answers Answer every question!      GUESS!
Scoring Scale score (400-1600) (Reading/Writing + Math) Composite score is the average of the four tests
Total Points 200-800 points per section. Highest score = 1600 1-36 points per section. Highest score = 36
National Avg. Approximately 1080 as per CollegeBoard-2017  21
When to Register 6-8 weeks prior to test date 6-8 weeks prior to test date Register early to avoid late fees and secure your desired test center!
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Texts we use:

www.collegeboard.com

College Board’s The Official SAT Study Guide; McGraw Hill’s  SAT 2020

 www.act.org

Wiley’s The Official ACT Prep Guide; McGraw Hill’s ACT 2020

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