ACT vs New SAT

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Both the ACT and the SAT are administered standardized tests for college admission. All schools accept either test interchangeably.

Both exams test different skills and you might find one test suited better than the other as per your skills. So, before committing to one test, get to know these tests and their differences.

Below mentioned differences are just based on the test format. These exams differ on skills as well. To know what exam is best suited for your skills, Contact us today! We, at Mnemonic, would assist you step by step in choosing the right exam for you!

ACT vs New SAT

Test Structure and Format ACT New SAT
Length 3 hours, 35 min (with optional Writing Test) 3 hours, 50 minutes (with optional Essay)
Structure 4 sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) plus an Optional Essay (or Writing Test) 4 sections (Evidence-Based Reading, Writing, Math without a calculator, Math with a calculator) plus an Optional Essay
Scoring ACT New SAT
Score Composite of 1-36 based on average scores from the 4 test sections 4 scores of 1-36 for each test Optional Writing Test score of 1-36 (not included in the overall) Score is out of 1600: 800 for Math, 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Optional Essay receives a separate score Subscores and insight scores available
Wrong Answer Penalty No penalty for wrong answers No penalty for wrong answers
Sending Score History You decide which score is sent Not yet known
Content ACT New SAT
Reading Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension Words in Context Evidence Based
Math Arithmetic
Algebra II
Data Analysis
Algebra II
Science Analysis
Basic Content
Problem Solving
No Science Section

(But Science Insight Score Provided)
Writing and Language The Essay: Writing Test
English Test: Writing & Language multiple-choice questions
Tests grammatical and rhetorical skills
Essay Optional final section
40 minutes
Not included in composite score
Topic presents conversations around
contemporary issues
Optional final section
50 minutes
Separate score
Tests Reading, Analysis, and Writing Skills
Topic comes from a 750-word passage to be read on Test Day

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