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A new article just published by the Princeton Review titled “SAT or ACT? Do you know which test is right for you?” compares the differences between SAT and ACT.   We believe that it is helpful in applying to a U.S. college.  Below is the comparison.

Colleges accept both tests equally, so the choice is up to you!  Here’s what you need to know to compare the exams.

SAT ACT
Why Take It Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships. Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Test Structure
  1. Math
  2. Reading
  3. Writing and Language

Essay (Optional)

  1. Math
  2. Reading
  3. English
  4. Science

Essay (Optional)

Length
  • 3 hours (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
  • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
Reading 5 reading passages 4 reading passages
Science None 1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
Math Covers:

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Algebra I & II
  3. Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis
Covers:

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Algebra I & II
  3. Geometry and Trigonometry
Tools Some math questions don’t allow you to use a calculator. You can use a calculator on all math questions.
Essays Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text. Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.
How It’s Scored Scored on a scale of 400–1600 Scored on a scale of 1–36

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You may visit the Princeton Review’s website for more info on SAT and ACT.   They also offer free tests so you can understand how well-prepared you are for SAT/ACT.   Good Luck with your test!