SAT vs ACT

SAT vs. ACT
The road to college can be a confusing and hectic one. Choosing the right admissions test
to take – SAT or ACT – doesn’t have to be. While most colleges across the country accept
scores from either test, the SAT and ACT are significantly different, and in many ways,
they measure different skills. Check with your guidance counselor and preferred colleges,
then use the information below to decide which test is right for you.
Differences at a Glance:
SAT ACT
· no science section · science reasoning section
· no trigonometry section · math sections include trigonometry
· vocabulary emphasized · vocabulary less important
· non multiple-choice questions included · entirely multiple choice
· guessing penalty · no guessing penalty
· no English grammar · English grammar tested
· math accounts for 50% of your score · math accounts for 25% of your score
· questions go from easy to hard in most
sections
· easy and hard questions mixed within
sections
· all your SAT scores reported to colleges · report scores only from the test dates you
choose

 

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