• ACT & SAT Testing

    The ACT and the SAT are the two most widely used college entrance tests today. Typically, students will take either test during the junior and/or senior year of high school. Juniors tends to take these tests in the spring while seniors tend to take these tests in the fall. Most colleges and universities use either test score as a factor in their admission decisions. It is often recommended that students consider taking both tests since they may do better on one test versus the other. Each test is different though they serve the same purpose. Below you will find generalized information about each test. To learn more, please visit their respective websites. 

     
     How do the ACT and SAT compare?
    ACT  SAT
    Test Sections
    Math
    Reading
    English
    Science
    Essay (Optional)
    Test Sections
    Math
    Reading
    Writing and Language
    Essay (Optional)
    Math Topics
    Arithmetic
    Algebra I and II
    Geometry
    Trigonometry

    You can use a calculator on all math questions.
    Math Topics
      Artihmetic
    Algebra I and II
    Geometry
    Trigonometry
    Data Analysis

    Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.
    Science
     one science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
    Science
    no singular science section
    Reading
     four reading passages
    Reading
     five reading passages
    Essay
     optional - your essay will be scored based on how you evaluate and analyze complex issues
    Essay
     optional - your essay will be scored based on your comprehension of a provided source text (ex. Gettysburg Address)
     Scoring
     1-36 for each test averaged together for a composite score -- a 36 is the highest possible composite score  400-800 for each of the EBRW and Math sections-- a 1600 is the highest possible combined score
     For both tests, you are not penalized for incorrect answers.
     Time
     3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
    2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
     3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
    3 hours (without essay)
     More Information
     http://www.actstudent.org  http://sat.collegeboard.org
    Source: Princeton Review. "SAT vs. ACT - What's the Difference?"
     
     
     Click below for more information about the ACT and SAT

    About the ACT

    ACT Test Dates

    ACT Test Prep

    About the SAT

    SAT Test Dates 

    SAT Subject Tests 
    Also referred to as SAT II's, these tests are hour long, content-based tests that highlight specific subjects. Most colleges do not require students to take subject tests, however, highly selective schools such as the University of Virginia will strongly suggest that students take two subjects tests. Students typically take these tests during the winter/spring of junior year and/or fall/winter of senior year.

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