While the intent of both the SAT and ACT are to demonstrate college readiness, the fundamental structure of each test is different. Since both exams are widely accepted by most every U.S. higher education institution, it leaves students wondering which test they should take. The answer to that question is primarily determined by what school you are applying to. Some school’s require one or more or none of the tests.
- 3 hours with an optional 50 minute essay
- 65 minute reading test, 35 minute writing and language test and an 80 minute math section
- Total questions: 154
- Cost: $49.50 for the exam and $64.50 if the optional essay is included
- 2 hours 55 minutes with an optional 40 minute essay
- 35 minute reading test, 45 minute English test, 60 minute math section and 35 minute science test
- Total questions: 215
- Cost: $52 for the exam and $68 if the optional essay is included
Take Practice Exams
If you are simply interested to know what test you score better in, you can begin taking practice exams which will measure your abilities and help you to plan accordingly. The best way to decide if taking the SAT, ACT or both tests is right for you is to take a timed and full-length practice test of each exam. Not only will you benefit from familiarizing yourself with both exams but you will see how well you handle the pressure as well as realize common themes where you experienced challenges. Working through the challenges of both exams will give you valuable skills as well as help you to identify the best fit.