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What is the Difference between SAT and ACT?

Critical Reading. Math (up to Geometry), WritingScience, Math (up to trigonometry) Reading, English
Reasoning basedCurriculum based
No penalty for wrong answersNo penalty for guessing
Math grid insAll Multiple choice questions
Basic fee $ 102Basic fee $ 61
Essay writing is not mandatoryEssay writing is optional (add $15.50)
Perfect score is 1600Perfect score is 36
Greater emphasis of vocabularyLess emphasis on vocabulary
Scores on individual sections, particularly Critical Reading and Math are looked atThe composite score is looked at rather than scores on individual sections
Offered 6 times a yearOffered 5 times a year (plus writing only 4 times)
Testing time is 3 hrs 50 minTesting 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 collegesTest fee includes score reporting to 4 colleges. Colleges to be chosen at the time of registering


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