ACT vs New SAT

If you like science class more than English class or English class more than science class, is there a test you should choose to take over the other? The decision whether to take the SAT or the ACT can be difficult when you don’t know the facts about each of these standardized tests. We’re here to inform you on the differences between the new SAT and the ACT.

The Differences You Need To Know:

Total timing without essay:

SAT – takes 3 hours
ACT – takes 2 hours and 55 minutes

Total timing with essay:

SAT – 3 hours 50 minutes
ACT – 3 hours 35 minutes

Timing per question:

SAT – 1 minute 10 seconds
ACT – 50 seconds

How does each test your knowledge?

The SAT tests how well you are able to put information together to find a solution and analyze real world problems. It is because of this that the SAT questions are considered tricky.

The ACT is based on content you have learned in school. The questions are straightforward, but there is time pressure.

Hoping to use a calculator?

The ACT allows you to use a calculator in the math section.

The SAT has a no-calculator section. So if you take the SAT you have to be ready to do math on paper.

Which test is for me?

If you find you are slow at reading questions and are not strong in science, the SAT may be for you.

On the ACT, there is a science section. So, if you like science class, your score may reflect this passion.

Time to choose!

Remember, there is no need to take both tests. Study hard for one of them and you will achieve your goals of getting into the colleges you want!

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