What Is SAT And ACT?

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) refers to a standardized test which is being widely used for college admissions in the United States to compare applicants,owned and published by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. SAT is considered as the benchmark standardized assessment of mathematical reasoning, critical reading and writing skills students need to be successful in college. ACT (American College Testing) refers to a college readiness assessment test which is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc. The ACT test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college and consists of 5 test components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional Writing Test.

When And Where SAT And ACT Is Offered?

SAT  is offered worldwide seven times per year in the months of January, March or April, May, June, October, November and December. ACT is offered six times per year in US and Canada in the months of February, April, June, September, October and December whereas in the case of rest of the countries, it is offered only five times a year.

What Is The Structure And Durationfor SAT And ACT?

Duration: ACT lasts for 3 hours &25 min including writing test while SAT takes  about 3 hours & 45 minutes Structure: ACT consists of 4 Sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) plus an optional Writing Test whereas SAT consists of 10 Sections (3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing, and 1 Experimental, which is unscored)

Who Accepts SAT And ACT Scores?

Every four-year colleges in the US accept SAT and ACT scores though SAT is more popular with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts whereas ACT tends to be more popular with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south.

What Is The Score/ Grade Range For SAT And ACT?

SAT has a score/grade range of 200–800 (in 10-point increments) on each of three sections and a total of 600–2400 whereas the composite score/grade range for ACT is 1 to 36 which is an average of the scores for each of the 4 subject areas scored in the range of 1 to 36 (all in 1-point increments).

Which Is The Easier One Among The SAT And ACT Tests?

Though there is no hard and fast rule to determine the difficulty levels of SAT and ACT tests, it is evident that SAT evaluates general thinking and problem-solving abilities as opposed to ACT tests which ascertains the overall educational development. SAT has tricky questions difficult to decipher arranged in the order of the difficulty levels whereas ACT has straightforward and lengthy questions which are arranged randomly.

What Is The Testing Fee For The SAT And ACT Tests?

SAT exam charges a test fee ranging fromUS$52.5 to US$94.5, depending on country. For ACT tests, the test fee is usually US$ 36.5 (without writing) and US$ 52.5 (with writing). In addition to above, US$ 33 is charged for taking the test in countries outside US or Canada.

How To Apply For SAT And ACT Tests?

To apply for SAT test, registration deadlines are typically about four weeks before the test date. For taking ACT test, it has to be registered typically about five to six weeks before the test date.

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