Students applying to the USA: Plan out when you will take the SAT, SAT II Test, TOEFL, and the ACT.
Colleges accept both tests equally, so the choice is up to you! Here’s what you need to know to compare the exams.
|Why Take It||Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.||Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.|
|Reading||5 reading passages||4 reading passages|
|Science||None||1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)|
|Tools||Some math questions don’t allow you to use a calculator.||You can use a calculator on all math questions.|
|Essays||Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.||Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.|
|How It’s Scored||Scored on a scale of 400–1600||Scored on a scale of 1–36|
Need help deciding between the ACT and the SAT? Try a free practice test for each and see how you score!