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What is the Difference between SAT and ACT?

Critical Reading. Math (up to Geometry), Writing Science, Math (up to trigonometry) Reading, English
Reasoning based Curriculum based
No penalty for wrong answers No penalty for guessing
Math grid ins All Multiple choice questions
Basic fee $ 102 Basic fee $ 61
Essay writing is not mandatory Essay writing is optional (add $15.50)
Perfect score is 1600 Perfect score is 36
Greater emphasis of vocabulary Less emphasis on vocabulary
Scores on individual sections, particularly Critical Reading and Math are looked at The composite score is looked at rather than scores on individual sections
Offered 6 times a year Offered 5 times a year (plus writing only 4 times)
Testing time is 3 hrs 50 min Testing time is 2 hrs 55 min. Plus 30 min optional writing test
Test fee includes score reporting to 4 colleges. Time until 9 days after the test to update choice of colleges Test fee includes score reporting to 4 colleges. Colleges to be chosen at the time of registering


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