This informative chart highlights the similarities and differences between the SAT and the ACT.
The SAT emphasizes critical thinking and reasoning questions. The test has two parts, each scored out of 800: Math and Reading/Writing. The Math section has more rigorous questions, but it includes fewer math topics. Vocabulary is emphasized more on the SAT and there is no penalty for wrong answers. This test entails 154 questions in 3 hours with an optional 50 minute essay.
The ACT emphasizes speed and focus. The questions are generally more straight- forward than the SAT, but there are 215 questions in 2 hours and 55 minutes. There are 4 sections, each scored out of 36: Math, Reading, English, and Science. All questions are tied to reading passages, except those in the Math section. The Science section involves interpreting charts and graphs, but there is less emphasis on science knowledge. The Math section includes additional topics, like logarithms and trigonometry. There is no penalty for wrong answers and there is an optional 40 minute essay.
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