Are you wondering whether the SAT or the ACT is a better fit for your student? Students may take whichever test they prefer (assuming there are available testing locations for both tests). Some students find that the SAT caters to their strengths more so than the ACT, or vice versa. Additionally, the SAT will only be available in digital format starting in 2024, which means that most students should compare the digital SAT to the ACT at this point.
Need a quick side-by-side comparison of the tests? Check out our SAT vs. ACT Comparison Chart below for the key differences.
Type of Test:
Reading & Writing: Two modules, 32 min. each
Break: 10 min.
Math: Two modules, 35 min. each (both with calculator)
Reading: One 35-min. section
Math: One 60-min. section
Break: 15 min.
Science: One 35-min. section
English: One 45-min. section
Writing: One 40-min. essay (optional)
Penalty for Wrong Answers?
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