Should You Take the ACT or SAT?
Both the ACT and the SAT are nationally administered standardized tests that help colleges evaluate candidates. All schools accept either test interchangably. So as you begin to think about college and creating the best application package possible, your admissions plan should begin with the question, "Which test should I take?"
What's the Difference Between the ACT and SAT?
Test Structure and Format
|Length||3 hours, 25 min
(with Writing Test)
|3 hours, 45 minutes|
(English, Math, Reading, Science) plus an optional Writing Test
(3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing, and 1 Experimental, which is unscored)
|Score||Composite of 1-36 based on average scores from the 4 test sections
4 scores of 1-36 for each test
Optional Writing Test score of 0-12 (not included in the overall score)
|Total score range of 600-2400 based on adding scores from 3 subjects
3 scores of 200-800 for each subject
Score of 0-12 for the Essay
|Wrong Answer Penalty||No penalty for wrong answers||¼ point subtracted from your raw score for each wrong answer (except for Math Grid-Ins)|
|Sending Score History||You decide which score is sent||You decide which score is sent
*Some colleges require you to send all scores, check with the college to be sure
|Reading||Reading Comprehension||Reading Comprehension
|Essay||Optional Final Section
Not Included in Composite Score
Topic of importance to high school students
Factored into overall score
More abstract topic