||Type of Test
|Reading: 1, 65-min section; Math: 1, 25-min section (no calculator) & 1, 55-min section (w/ calculator); Writing & Langauge: 1, 35-min section; Essay: 1, 50-min section (optional)
||English: 1, 45-min section; Math: 1, 60-min section; Reading: 1, 35-min section; Science: 1, 35-min section; Writing: 1, 40-min essay (optional)
|reading, relevant words in context, math, grammar & usage, analytical writing (optional)
||grammar & usage, math, reading, science reasoning, and writing (optional)
|questions are evidence and context-based in an effort to focus on real-world situations and multi-step problem-solving
||straightforward, questions may be long but are usually less difficult to decipher
|Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranged from 400-1600.
||English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1-36. Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 1-36
|no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers
||Penalty for Wrong Answers?
||no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers
|yes – you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit to colleges
||yes – you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges
|questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage)
||difficulty level of the questions is random
|arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; formulas provided.
||arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry; no formulas are provided
|with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts; however, every four-year college in the US accepts SAT scores
||Tends to be more popular?
||with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores
|seven times per year: January, March or April, May, June, October, November, December
||six times per year: February, April, June, September, October, December (note that some states offer the ACT as part of their state testing requirements; these tests are not administered on the national test dates)
|typically about four weeks before the test date
||typically about five to six weeks before the test date