There is always a question in every student’s mind: Which one should I take(SAT vs ACT)? Here I would be guiding you about these two standardized and equally important tests by providing a detailed comparison between SAT and ACT.
ACT vs SAT
|Type||Standardized– Content Based Test||Standardized– Content Based Test|
4 scores (1-36) for each section
800 for Math & 800 for English
|Type Of Questions||Straightforward Questions.
Multiple steps to cover.
|Complicated Questions requiring more time to understand.
Maybe lengthy but easy to get to the answer.
(An Optional Essay or Writing Test)
Evidence-Based Reading Writing
Math without a calculator Math with a calculator
(AN Optional Essay)
|No. of reading Passages||4||5|
|Sciencephobe?||ACT has a science section||SAT doesn’t|
|Math||Equal difficulty level||Equal difficulty level, but no formulas provided.|
|Time||3 hours 35 minutes with Essay||3 hours 50 minutes with Essay|
|Essay||Final optional section
Scores not included in the composite score
Topics would usually be contemporary issues or conversations.
|Final optional section
|Calculator Usage||Can be used in all questions||Can’t use in all question|
|Popularity||Every U.S college accepts ACT scores.
Not works worldwide.
|Works inside U.S and outside as well.|
|Availability||6 times annually||7 times annually|
Made any decision
I won’t have the last word as all the major differences between SAT and ACT are in front of you. The decision is in your hands. Try to make the best decision for you for ACT vs SAT.
You can take reviews/interviews from your seniors/peers who have already taken SAT/ACT. There are students who have given both SAT and ACT would help you reach a desirable conclusion with a better word in ACT vs SAT.