ACT & SAT?

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:

  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
  • Reading
  • Writing & Language
  • Math
  • Essay (Optional)
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science Reasoning

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:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis
Covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
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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