Explore The Differences Between SAT & ACT
|How often is it given?||Seven times per year||Six times per year|
|What is the test structure?||Four-section exam: One Reading Comprehension section, one Writing/Language section and two Math sections, one of which prohibits calculators.||Four-section exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. An experimental section is assess to tests on certain dates only, and is clearly experimental.|
|What is the test content?|
Math: up to trigonometry.
Language/Writing: stresses grammar, sentence structure, sentence completion, etc.
|Math: up to trigonometry.|
Science: charts, experiments.
Reading: four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science.
English: stresses grammar.
|Is there a penalty for wrong answers?||No||No|
|How is the test scored?||200-800 per section, added together for a combined score. A 1600 is the highest possible combined score.||1-36 for each subject, averaged for a composite score. A 36 is the highest possible composite score.|
|Are all scores sent to schools?||No. There is a “Score Choice” option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the schools will see.||No. There is a “Score Choice” option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the schools will see.|
|Are there other uses for the exams?||Scholarship purposes, this also applies for the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship.||Scholarship purposes. Certain statewide testing programs.|
|Best time to register?||At least six weeks before the test date.||At least four weeks before the test date.|