Colleges accept the ACT and SAT equivalently. Now, picking the test where you’ll perform the best in, is critical to your admission chances.
Here’s what you need to know to compare the exams:
|Why Take It||Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.||Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.|
|Reading||5 reading passages||4 reading passages|
|Science||None||1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)|
|Calculator Policy||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|
Graph taken from www.princetonreview.com where you can also try a free practice test for each and see how you score!
Below is a chart of the upcoming test dates & deadlines.
|ACT Test Dates & Deadlines|
|ACT Test Date||Registration Deadline||ACT Scores Available|
|June 10, 2017||May 5, 2017||Jun. 20, 2017|
|SAT Test Dates & Deadlines|
|SAT Test Date||Registration Deadline||SAT Scores Available|
|May 6, 2017||Apr. 7, 2017||Jun. 8, 2017|
|June 3, 2017||May 9. 2017||Jul. 12, 2017|
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