Welcome to the ACT-SAT Comparison page, which provides a comparison of the ACT and SAT tests.
ACT Test Format
The ACT consists of four parts:
The English Test: This part of the exam contains 75 questions and lasts for 45 minutes. It is an assessment of your ability to write in standard American English using grammatically correct sentences.
The Mathematics Test: This part of the examination consists of 60 questions. You will be given 60 minutes to take this part of the test. The mathematics component of the exam evaluates the math skills that you should have acquired in high school before your senior year. You will be allowed to use a basic calculator for this part of the test.
If you are taking the math exam, you may be interested in our Instant Downloads.
The Reading Test: This part of the exam contains 40 questions and lasts for 35 minutes. It is an assessment of your ability to read and understand passages on a variety of topics.
The Science Test: This part of the exam consists of 40 questions. You will be given 35 minutes to take this part of the test. The science component assesses your knowledge of the natural sciences.
Optional Writing Test: This part of the examination is optional. If you are required to take it, you will be given one question and will be given 30 minutes to write about it. The writing exam is intended to assess the writing skills needed for university freshman composition courses.
SAT Test Format
The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is also a college entrance exam. It contains three or four main parts:
1) Evidence-Based Reading (52 questions to answer in 62 minutes)
2) Writing and Language Test (44 questions to answer in 35 minutes)
3) Math (80 questions to answer in 58 minutes)
4) An Optional Essay (1 composition to write in 50 minutes)
If you decide to take the SAT you may also need to take one of the SAT subject tests.