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Redesigned SAT vs. ACT

SAT  ACT Additional Info
Length 3 hours 50 min. w/essay 3 hours 25 min. w/essay
Structure 2 Sections:

Reading/Writing

  • Reading (65 min.)
  • Writing & Language (35 min.)

Math

  • 2 Parts:  No calculator (25 min.) With calculator (55 min.)

Optional Essay (50 min.)

4 Sections

  • English (45 min.)
  • Math (60 min.)
  • Reading (35 min.)
  • Science (35 min.)

Optional Essay (40 min.)

Content Emphasis on critical thinking, real-world problem solving and understanding context. Requires knowledge of varied subjects. Questions are relatively straightforward.  Fast-paced.
Math Accounts for 50% of score

  • Pre-algrebra, algebra, geometry, basic trig. and advanced math topics
  • No calculator on 1 of 2 Math sections
  • 12 Grid-in questions (no answer choices)
  • 1 Extended thinking question (4 points)
  • Formulas given
Accounts for 25% of 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”
  • vocabulary now embedded in passage
4 long passages, one is usually a double passage

  • straightforward questions requiring close reading of passages
  • less time per question
  • 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 but science questions will be embedded throughout SAT 40 reasoning questions within 6-7 passages, charts, tables and diagrams to read and interpret
Essay Final section – 50 min. Final section – 40 min. Optional, but required by many 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 (excluding essay).
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 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 2018

www.actstudent.org

 

Wiley’s  The Official ACT Prep Guide; McGraw Hill’s ACT 2018

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