The Difference Between the SAT and ACT

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The Difference Between the SAT and ACT

Date posted: Mar 29, 2016       Posted by: Marie France Adraneda

Many students (and even parents) get confused about the difference between the SAT and ACT. Although they are quite similar, there are notable differences between the two. Read on to find out what they are.

The SAT focuses on vocabulary more than the ACT does. The SAT has "vocabulary-specific problems", which contains 19 questions to test your knowledge on vocabulary.

The SAT and the ACT has almost identical mathematical questions or equations that students have to solve. However, the ACT focuses on more complex math problems. The SAT includes exams on arithmetic, geometry, and algebra, while the ACT focuses on imaginary numbers, logarithms, trigonometry, and advanced geometric shapes.

The SAT has more confusing questions than the ACT. The SAT has very simple questions, but it gets confusing as to what questions are being asked. The ACT, however, has a more literal approach. It presents difficult questions, but the answers to those questions are pretty straightforward.

The ACT has strict time constrictions. You will be given a specific time to finish each section, and when the time is up, there's no going back to the subjects. The SAT, however, is not that strict with time management. As examiners say: time management is important on the SAT, but it is everything on the ACT.

Please note, however, that if you are taking the SAT and ACT after March 2016, the differences noted in this article might not all be applicable. The launch of the new SAT will start after March 2016, and we will update you on the new SAT and ACT differences when that happens.



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