**Difference between ACT and SAT Exams**

**The ACT**is an achievement test measuring what a student has learned in school.

**The SAT**is an aptitude test measuring testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

**The ACT**has 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Sciences and an optional writing test. You take the writing test-only if required by the college(s) you’re applying to.

**The SAT**has 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required writing test.

**The ACT**is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

**The SAT**has a correction for guessing. They take off for wrong answers.

**Source: www.actstudent.org**

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**SAT Length**3 hours 45 minutes

**ACT**

**Length**3 hours 25 minutes (includes optional 30‐minute Writing Test)

**SAT**10 Sections: 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing (include Essay), 1 Experimental (not scored)

**ACT**4 Sections (plus optional Writing Test): English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing

**SAT Math**- Arithmetic , Geometry, Algebra, and Algebra II

**ACT Math**- Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry

**SAT Essay**Required

**ACT Essay**Optional (final section)

**SAT Score**- Composition 1/3 Math, 1/3 Reading, 1/3 Writing

**ACT Score**- ¼ English, ¼ Math, ¼ Reading, ¼ Science

**SAT Scoring**Aggregate score 600‐2400 based on total of 3 scores 200‐800 (Reading, Math, Writing) Score of 0‐12 for Essay

**ACT Scoring**Composite score 1‐36 based on average of 4 sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) Score 0‐12 for Optional Essay

**Additional Information**www.collegeboard.com www.actstudent.org

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