SAT vs. ACT

The SAT

  • doesn't allow calculator use on one of the math sections

  • does not include a science section

  • more time per question

  • half of SAT math is reading comprehension

  • Math is worth 50% of the total score

  • 50 minutes for SAT essay (analysis of an article)

  • Reading section has higher level passages (11th grade level) and questions, but more time to solve the questions

The ACT

  • 40 minutes for ACT essay (giving your own opinion about an issue)

  • Math is worth 25% of the total score

  • higher level and more difficult math on the ACT

  • significantly less time per question

  • more straightforward, but that doesn't make it easier to score well

  • allows calculator use on all math questions

  • includes a science section that tests your ability to read data (doesn't actually test much science)

  • Reading section has lower level passages (9th grade level) and questions, but much less time to solve the questions