The ACT Test

(ACT)

SAT

(College Board)

Method of Scoring
Scores based on number of right answers.

No penalty for incorrect answers.

Scores based on number of right answers.
No penalty for incorrect answers.
Test Score Scales
 ACT Composite Score: 1-36

 

-Average of four test scores

-Does not incude writing

 

ACT Mathematics Test: 1-36

 

ACT Reading Test: 1-36

 

ACT English Test: 1-36

 

ACT Science Test: 1-36

 

ACT Writing Test (optional): 2-12

 

Additional Scores and Indicators

 

(New readiness scores and indicators give students, parents, and educators more detailed insights to better plan for future success.)

 

-STEM Score: 1-36

-ELA Score: 1-36

-Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator

-Text Complexity Progress Indicator

SAT Composite Score: 400-1600

-Sum of two section scores

-Does not include essay

 

SAT Mathematics: 200-800

 

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 200-800

 

No Science Test

 

SAT Essay (optional): 2-8

Common Uses

 -Admissions

-Talent Identification

-Academic Advising

-Freshman Course Placement Decisions

-Awarding Course Credit, Especially in English and Math courses

-Awarding Scholarships (not sole criterion)

 -Admissions

-Talent Identification

-Academic Advising

-Awarding Scholarships (not sole criterion)

Test Delivery Method
Computer-Based Test
Paper-Based Test
Testing Opportunities Per Year
24
6
Days to Receive Multiple-Choice Test Scores
2-3
14
Test Fee
$150.00

$166.50 (with writing)

Pricing subject to change

$88.50 – $100.50

$105.50 – $117.50 (with writing)

Depending on location

 

 

The ACT Test

(ACT)

SAT

(College Board)

Test Purpose
Designed to measure academic achievement in:

-Reading

-Mathematics

-English

-Writing (Optional)

-Science

Designed to measure.

-Reading

-Mathematics

-Writing and Language

-The SAT Essay (Optional)

Accepted for University Admission
The ACT is accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States and more than 200 other universities around the world.
Accepted by all US universities. 
Test Content
ACT Mathematics Test (60 items, 60 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 100%

Preparing for Higher Math

-Number & Quantity

-Algebra

-Functions

-Geometry

-Statistics & Probability

 

Integrating Essential Skills

Modeling

 

ACT Reading Test (40 items, 35 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 100%

-Key Ideas and Details

-Craft and Structure

-Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 

ACT English Test (75 items, 45 minutes)

 

Multiple-Choice 100%

 

Production of Writing

-Topic Development

-Organization, Unity, and Cohesion

 

Knowledge of Language

 

Conventions of Standard English

 

-Sentence Structure and Formation

-Punctuation

-Usage

 

ACT Science Test (40 items, 35 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 100%

 

-Interpretation of Data

-Scientific Investigation

-Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results

 

Passage Formats on the Science Test:

 

-Data Representation 

-Research Summaries

-Conflicting Viewpoints

 

ACT Writing Test (optional) (1 prompt, 40 minutes)

 

Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level university composition courses. Consists of one 40-minute essay.

SAT Mathematics (Total 58 items, 80 minutes)

 

Calculator Portion (38 items, 55 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 79%, Grid-In 21%

 

-Heart of Algebra

-Problem Solving and Data Analysis

-Passport to Advanced Math

-Other Topics

 

No-Calculator Portion (20 items with 25 minutes)

Multiple-Choice 75%, Grid-In 25%

 

-Heart of Algebra

-Passport to Advanced Math

-Other Topics

 

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

 

Reading Test (52 items, 65 minutes)

-US and World Literature

-History/Social Studies

-Science

 

Writing and Language Test (44 items, 35 minutes)

-Careers

-History/Social Studies

-Humanities

-Science

 

No Science Test

 

Note: Reading subject test is constructed of 40% science and the Writing and Language subject test is constructed of 25% science.

 

SAT Essay (optional) (1 task, 50 minutes)

Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text.