Created by The College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
There are three SAT sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing. The Writing section requires test takers to complete an essay that is factored into the final score. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 45 minutes.
The SAT is offered nationally every year in October, November, December, January, March, May and June.
Created by ACT Inc., the ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
There are four ACT sections: English, Reading, Math and Science, as well as an optional 30-minute writing test.
SAT and ACT comparision:
Some students end up scoring substantially higher on the SAT; others do better on the ACT.
To help you decide which one is the right exam for you, here are some of the key differences:
* The ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.
* The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary.
* The ACT has a Science section, while the SAT does not.
* The ACT tests more advanced math concepts.
* The ACT Writing Test is optional on test day, by required by many schools.
* The SAT is broken up into more sections.
* In SAT, the performance in individual sections, and in ACT, the composite score is looked at.