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What's the Difference?

  •   ACT SAT
    Stands for American College Test Scholastic Aptitude Test
    What is tested ACT assesses knowledge of subjects taught in high school. SAT measures literacy and writing skills, and assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems.
    Website www.actstudent.org sat.collegeboard.com/home
    When to take the test ACT examination is offered six times a year in the months of February, April, June, September, October, December. In USA, SAT examination is offered seven times a year in the months of January, March, May, June, October, November, December.
    Penalty for incorrect answers There is no penalty for wrong answers. There is no penalty for wrong or omitted answers.
    Test Duration 3 hours and 25 minutes (including 30 minutes for an optional writing test). 3 hours (+50 minutes with optional essay).
    Major Sections 4 major sections- English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. A fifth section (Writing) is optional. 3 major sections- Mathematics, Reading and Writing.
    Top Score 36 1600
    Popular in The ACT tends to be relatively more popular in the Midwest and the South. The SAT tends to be more popular on the East and West coasts.
    Test owned by ACT Inc. College Board
    Started in 1959 1926