ACT and SAT Tests

Students have the opportunity to take two types of college admissions tests - the ACT or the SAT. Most colleges accept both tests for admissions, but you should check with the college admissions office to be sure which test they prefer you submit.
What are the differences between the two tests?

THE ACT

COLORADO IS AN ACT STATE. EVERY JUNIOR WILL TAKE THE TEST FREE OF CHARGE IN APRIL THROUGH THEIR HIGH SCHOOL
The ACT test is made up of four individual tests, each of which is designed to measure academic achievement in a major area: English, mathematics, reading, and natural sciences.
The test is about three hours long. The test consists of a total 215 scored questions.
The test is comprised of four subject tests:
English 45 minutes, 75 questions
Math 60 minutes, 60 questions
Reading 35 minutes, 40 questions
Science Reasoning 35 minutes, 40 questions

For more ACT information and for test dates please visit: www.actstudent.org

THE SAT

The new version of the SAT test (introduced in March 2005) is three hours and forty-five minutes in length. You will see the following sections on test day (but not necessarily in the order they are listed in here):

Section
Number of Questions
Time Limit
Essay
1
25 minutes
Writing - Multiple Choice
Improving Sentences-25
1 25 min section

Identifying sentence errors-18
1 10 min section

Improving paragraphs - 6

Critical Reading
Passage-based reading - 48
2 25 min sections

Sentence completion - 19
1 20 min section
Math
Standard multiple choice - 44
2 25 min sections

Student-produced response - 10
1 20 min section
For more SAT information and for test dates please visit: sat.collegeboard.org