College Entrance Exams

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    What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

    Category ACT SAT
    Test Fee $46.00
    $62.50 (with writing)
    $46.00
    $60.00 (with essay test)
    International Test Fee $103.50
    $120.00 (with writing)
    $84.00-113.00, depending on location
    Total Testing Time*

    *Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research
    2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes for the Essay [optional]) 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
    Components
    • ACT mathematics test (60 items, 60 minutes
    • ACT reading test (40 items, 35 minutes)
    • ACT science test (40 items, 35 minutes)
    • ACT English test (75 items, 45 minutes)
    • ACT writing test (optional; 1 prompt, 40 minutes)
    • Math (58 items, 80 minutes)
    • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
      • Reading Test (52 items, 65 minutes)
      • Writing and Language Test (44 Items, 35 minutes)
    • Essay (optional; 1 prompt, 50 minutes)
    Important Features
    • Designed to measure academic achievement in English, mathematics, reading, and science.
    • Scores based on the number of correct answers. No penalty for incorrect answers.
    • Includes enhanced scoring for reliable college and career planning insights:
      • STEM Score
      • ELA Score
      • Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator
      • Text Complexity Progress Indicator
    • Continued emphasis on reasoning.
    • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact.
    • Scores based on the number of correct answers. No penalty for incorrect answers.

    Score Reporting

    *Redesigned SAT scores subject to research

    • ACT Composite Score: 1–36 (average of four test scores)
    • ACT English test: 1–36
    • ACT reading test: 1–36
    • ACT mathematics test: 1–36
    • ACT science test: 1–36
    • ACT writing test (optional): 2-12
    • STEM Score: 1-36
    • ELA Score: 1-36
    • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
    • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
    • Essay results reported separately