ACT vs. SAT
What is the difference between the SAT and ACT? They are both standardized tests and they both factor into the college admissions process. To learn about the differences between the two tests and how they compare, take a look at the chart below.
When is it administered?
Seven times per year
Six times per year
What is the test structure?
Optional writing test
What is the test content?
Writing and Language Test
Is there a penalty for wrong answers?
How is the test scored?
200-800 per section, added together for a combined score. Composite 400–1600 (SAT Essay: reported in 3 dimensions, each 2–8)
1-36 for each subject, averaged for a composite score (writing domain scores: 2–12). A 36 is the highest possible composite score.
Test fees waived for eligible students?
Are there other uses for the exams?
Scholarship purposes. Certain statewide testing programs.
Best time to register?
About 4 weeks before test day. You pay a late fee for registering later.
About 5 weeks before test day. You pay a late fee for registering later.
Need more information?
The College Board
(319) 337-1000 Website