SAT & ACT Information

  • Colleges accept both tests equally, so the choice is up to you! Here's what you need to know to compare the exams.

      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 and Language

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    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 science 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

    Scored on a scale of 1–36

     
    Financial assistance through fee waivers are available from the Counseling Office for both the SAT and ACT.