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Difference between SAT and ACT

  • 07/16/2020

SAT IS PAPER BASED TEST; ACT IS COMPUTER BASED TEST


TEST LENGTH (TIME):

ACT- (3 hours 35 mins)

SAT – (3 hours 50 mins)

English: 45 mins
Math: 60 mins
Reading: 35 mins
Science: 35 mins
Writing (optional): 40 mins

Reading: 65 mins
Writing and language: 35 mins
Math (no calculator): 25 mins
Math (calculator): 55 mins
Essay (optional): 50 mins


COST:

ACT

SAT

$46.00 without writing
$62.50 with writing

$47.50 without essay
$64.50 with essay


Subject content

One of the main differences between the SAT and the ACT is that the ACT includes a science section and
the SAT does not.
The SAT does test scientific skills through some of the other sections, but does not have a dedicated science portion like the ACT does. 
The science section in the ACT does not test specific scientific knowledge – it is focused more on critical thinking, designed to test students’ analytic skills.

Scoring

The SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600 and
the ACT will be scored on a scale of 1-36.
It is also important to remember that you will only be scored for every correct answer that you give and you will not be penalized for incorrect answers on both tests. 

To essay or not to essay

Both tests have an optional essay section. For the SAT’s essay portion, you will be tested on your comprehension of a source text. The essay portion of the ACT will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

Test can be taken

SAT test can be taken four times in a year – March, May, October & December
ACT Test can be taken six times in a year – February, April, June, September, October & December


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