Choosing: ACT or SAT

Test Content

Both the ACT and SAT measure what a student has learned in school and are valuable tools used by colleges in the undergraduate admissions process. While the length of each test is listed below, this time represents only the actual testing itself and does NOT include time for the check-in process that morning, instructions from test administrators, questions from students, and breaks between test sections.


  • 3.5 to 4 hours long
  • 4 Sections – English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science
  • 36 possible points on each section


  • 3.75 hours long
  • 3 sections – Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing
  • 800 possible points on each section

Student Preference

Some students will want to take the test they are likely to take in high school or that their friends are taking. At this young age, both tests offer the same appropriate above-level testing experience and serve to raise the bar and provide information about the student’s academic abilities.


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