• ACT vs. SAT: Which test is right for you?
     
     Colleges accept both tests equally, so the choice is up to you. Here is the vital information you need to know to compare the exams.
     
     
     SAT vs ACT
       SAT  ACT
    Why Take It Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships
    Test Structure
    Math
    Reading
    Writing & Language
     
    Essay (optional)
    Math
    Reading
    English
    Science
    Essay (optional)
    Length
    3 hours (without essay)
    3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
    2 hours 55 minutes (without essay
    3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
    Reading 5 reading passages 4 reading passages
    Science None 1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific content knowledge)
    Math
    Covers:
    Arithmetic
    Algebra I & II
    Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis
    Covers:
    Arithmetic
    Algebra I & II
    Geometry and Trigonometry
    Tools
    Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator You can use a calculator on all math questions
    Essays
    Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues
    How It's Scored Scored on a scale of 400-1600 (new score report March 2016) Scored on a scale of 1-36