7 Differences between the SAT and ACT ...

There are several major differences between the SAT and ACT that might factor into which test you decide to take.

Both tests have their pros and cons, but you can decide which test would work best for you after checking out these differences between the SAT and ACT.

1. Timing

One difference between the SAT and ACT is the time frame.

Overall, the ACT is about 2 hours and 18 minutes without writing, and 2 hours and 48 minutes with writing.

However, the SAT is over 3 hours.

The SAT breaks down each categoryโ€” writing, critical reading, and mathโ€”into three sections, all taking between 10 and 25 minutes.

However, the ACT without writing has only four sections, ranging from 35 minutes to one hour.

Many students struggle with the ACT timing because the time:question ratio is smaller than on the SAT.

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