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ACT - SAT comparison

roderickroderick Registered User Posts: 1,488 Senior Member
edited March 2010 in ACT Preparation
We're from the midwest and all our HS knows about is the ACT. What are the differences between the SAT and the ACT?
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Replies to: ACT - SAT comparison

  • hotinpursuithotinpursuit Registered User Posts: 719 Member
    1. SAT was once for schools on the coasts and the Northeastern schools.

    2. ACT was once specifically for the middle state schools.

    3. ACT offers trigonometry skill sets.

    4. There is no guessing penalty for the ACT test.

    5. Science and reasoning skills are highlighted in ACT tests.

    6. ACT showcases grammar.

    7. SAT acknowledges extensive vocabulary skills.

    8. SAT is not limited to only multiple choice questions.

    9. 1600 is the highest possible score for SAT tests.

    10. 36 is the highest possible score for ACT tests.

    SAT and ACT Test
  • jn2011jn2011 Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    I know the feeling. I'm from the Midwest, and when I got my PSAT scores back, I had no idea what they meant. But the SAT is more of a reasoning test while the ACT tests learned knowledge more heavily. Almost all colleges accept both tests, though some people feel colleges from certain geographic regions may favor one test (SAT on the coasts).

    *The SAT actually has a max score of 2400 if you include the relatively new writing section.
  • rodneyrodney Registered User Posts: 9,406 Senior Member
    hotinpursuit: that post looks like info from before 2005......
  • WartsandallWartsandall Registered User Posts: 14,151 Senior Member
    In addition, the ACT is shorter.
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