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COMPARING THE SAT TO THE ACT: SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Are you trying to decide whether to go for the SAT test or the ACT? Feeling a little confused about either test? Here are a few things you need to know, from OWL Educational Services. We will also provide some informative links to main sites, so please read up and get the facts on these important tests.


Both the SATs and the ACT tests are widely accepted, by all U.S. colleges. And they also measure what students learn in high school (the SATs also measure what the students will need to succeed while they are in college). Only the SATs provide everyday math formulas, but they will both test vocabulary and the essay is optional for both. There is no penalty for guessing on either test.


You can get free daily practice questions for either test, and there is even an SAT mobile app that will offer free daily practice. Only the SATs offer free personalized test practice tests, and the SATs offer eight downloadable practice tests, while the ACT version offers only one. Test fees can be waived for both tests, but only the SATs will automatically unlock all fee waiver benefits after one-time use.


The testing time for the SATs is three hours, with a 50-minute optional essay, while the ACT test is two hours and 55 minutes, with a 40-minute essay. There are 154 questions on the SAT, and 215 for the ACT; broken down it is three tests plus the essay for the SATs, and four tests and the writing test for the ACT.


The components for the tests are as follows: 65 and 52 reading test questions for the SAT, and 35 and 40 questions for the ACT; 35 and 44 writing and language questions for the SAT, with 45 and 75 English questions for the ACT; and then finally, 80 and 58 math questions for the SAT, and two sets of 60 questions for the ACT. The scores range 400-1600 for the SAT, while the ACT is scored 1-36.


If you want some more information on these tests, or if you would like the above information better explained, the following links will go into further detail (these links are where we gathered the information for this week’s blog):


“SAT MOCK PROCTOR” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W69Q3M9thY


“The ACT Test Website” https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-new-sat-act?fbclid=IwAR3mJWXUuHITbboV0vXu8L0RqWdAUCoihbLiKWdPCC5FduiBM4A2OGC0Grs


“Compare the SAT to the ACT” https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html?fbclid=IwAR1EAW1UpViY-C2Tknh9o_5RY-pixBwLZbZLQCny_-yUWvH29W3TJAnfdj8




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