SAT vs ACT: Breaking Down the Difference

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SAT vs ACT: Breaking Down the Difference

Date posted: May 18, 2016       Posted by: Beulah Joy Lejano

The SAT and ACT are both standardized tests used by colleges for admissions purposes. Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of the key exam differences.

SAT vs ACT: Breaking Down the Difference

Which is a better test for you?

It is important to note that colleges do NOT prefer one test over another; rather, they prefer the one which gives you the best COMPARATIVE score. But looking at the chart again, you will notice that there is less time allotted for each ACT section than for each SAT section, which makes ACT a more time-intensive test than SAT. If you think you can work remarkably well under time pressure, want a slightly shorter test, and have the ‘sitting power’, ACT is the way to go. But if think you get stressed out easily, get easily distracted or require lots of breaks, take SAT instead.

It all boils down to one thing: Good preparation means good SAT or ACT score. Whichever you take, horrible SAT/ACT scores will get you rejected while great SAT/ACT scores will get you noticed by your dream college/university.


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