NEW SAT

  • Accepted by colleges nationwide
  • Sections include Reading, Writing & Language, Math, and an optional Essay
  • The Math section is split into Calculator, and No-Calculator sections
  • The Math section covers the same content as that of the ACT, but takes more time and has more paragraph-length problems
  • No Science section
  • Test length is 3 hours and 50 minutes, which includes 50 minutes for the optional Essay
  • Scoring is on a 400-1600 scale with sub-scores and cross-test scores available
  • No penalty for incorrect answers
SAT Test Section# of QuestionsTiming
Reading52 questions65 minutes
Writing & Language44 questions 35 minutes
Math58 Questions (two sections) 80 minutes
Essay (optional)50 minutes
Total exam timeAbout 4 hours (includes the optional Essay and a 10-minute break)

ACT

  • Accepted by colleges nationwide
  • Sections include English, Math, Reading, Science and an optional Essay
  • Calculators may be used for the entire Math section
  • The Math section covers the same content as that of the SAT, but takes less time and has fewer paragraph-length problems
  • There is a Science section that the SAT does not have
  • Test length is 3 hours and 35 minutes, which includes 40 minutes for the optional Essay
  • Scoring is on a 1-36 scale with sub-scores and cross-test scores available
  • No penalty for incorrect answers
ACT Test Section# of QuestionsTiming
English75 questions45 minutes
Math60 questions 60 minutes
Reading40 questions35 minutes
Science40 questions35 minutes
Essay (optional)1 essay40 minutes
Total exam timeAbout 3 hours, 45 minutes (includes the optional Essay and a 10-minute break)

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