Scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) are widely accepted by universities, so many of them require their applicants to submit these results as part of the admissions process.
Let’s review the differences between the SAT and ACT.
WHAT IS SAT?
The College Board is in charge of giving out the standardized test known as the SAT, which lasts for a total of three hours. This test is frequently utilized by educational institutions like colleges and universities as a component of their admissions procedures.
WHAT IS ACT?
The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of the material in English, Math, Reading, and Science. The test is given in a pencil and paper format and consists of multiple-choice questions.
There are many parallels between the SAT and the ACT. Both exams are widely recognized by higher education institutions, and many use the results of one or both to award merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen.
SCALES AND INTERVALS FOR SCORING
Both the SAT and ACT have a wide range of possible scores, from 400 to 1600 and from 1 to 36, respectively.
SECTIONS AND LAYOUT OF THE TEST
The SAT tests students in reading comprehension, writing, language usage, calculator math, and standard math (no calculator). The ACT tests students in five subject areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science (optional essay).
RULE OF THE CALCULATOR
There is a portion of the SAT in which students are not permitted to use calculators. Takers of the ACT are permitted to use a calculator on all mathematics questions.
SCALES AND SCORING
The SAT has five sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (No Calculator), Math (Calculator), and an optional Essay in a paper-and-pencil test, with an electronic version also available in some locations.
The ACT has four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science, with an optional essay available both as a paper-and-pencil test and an online test. The types of questions in each section include multiple-choice and grid-in questions, as well as an optional essay.
TIME AND NUMBER OF QUESTIONS
SAT: Reading (52 questions, 65 minutes), Writing and Language (44 questions, 35 minutes), Math without a calculator (20 questions, 25 minutes), Math with a calculator (38 questions, 55 minutes), Optional Essay (1 essay prompt, 50 minutes).
ACT: English (75 questions, 45 minutes), Math (60 questions, 60 minutes), Reading (40 questions, 35 minutes), Science (40 questions, 35 minutes), Optional Essay (1 essay prompt, 40 minutes)
WHAT IF WE ARE NOT SURE WHICH TEST TO TAKE?
The format and content of each test are unique, so it’s important to consider which test aligns better with the student’s academic strengths and goals.
One way to determine which test to take is by scheduling practice tests here at Groza Learning Center. Once our education team has the results of your student’s SAT and ACT practice tests, we can compare their scores and provide guidance on which test to focus on. Additionally, we will create a custom test prep program to help your student reach their target score goals.
START THE TEST PREP JOURNEY WITH A PRACTICE TEST
If your student knows which test they are going to take, then the first step is to take a practice test here at Groza Learning Center. The results of the SAT or ACT practice test will provide our education team with a clear understanding of the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Then we develop a customized test prep program to help the student achieve their target score.
UNLOCK YOUR STUDENTS FULL SAT OR ACT POTENTIAL
At Groza Learning Center, we understand that every high school student is unique.
That’s why we offer test prep programs customized for your student’s individual learning needs.
Our expert instructors work one-on-one with students to develop an individual study plan that helps them meet their true potential.
95% of our test prep students get into the school of their choice.