|Test duration is 3 hours and 25 minutes
(including optional Writing test-student may choose either way)Yes, there are breaks!
|3 hours, 45 minutes(no option, essay is included)Yes, there are breaks!|
|This is an Achievement Test, and as such tests mastery of WHAT a Junior/Senior knows regarding general education progress.(The subjects are what they should have been exposed too)||Assessment or Reasoning Test. This test focuses on Critical thinking and Problem Solving skills.|
|Made up of five tests: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. Trigonometry is included in the math!||Made up of three tests: Critical Reading (3 sections); Math (3 sections); Writing, including essay (3 sections).No Trig!|
|The order of the tests is always the same: English, Math, Reading, Science, Essay, which is optional.||The essay is always first, followed by the six, 25-minute sections (in random order) and then the two, 20-minute sections (in random order); the 10-minute Writing section is always last.|
|All questions are multiple-choice.||With the exception of the 10 grid-in Math questions, all questions are multiple-choice.|
|No penalty for an incorrect response.||One-quarter-point penalty for an incorrect response.|
|The English, Math, Reading, and Science tests are each scored 1-36.The optional Writing test is scored 1-12.
The Composite Score (1-36) is the average of the English, Math, Reading, and Science scores.
|The Critical Reading, Math, and Writing tests are each scored 200-800.The essay section is scored 2-12 and makes up approximately 30% of the Writing score.|
|The ACT tests more advanced math concepts.The ACT has a Science section, while the SAT does not.||The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary – it favors the writer.It is also more predictable and thus prepping=success!|