3. Essay

On the SAT, the essay is mandatory.

However with the ACT, you can choose whether or not you want to write the essay when you register for the test.

Look into your prospective colleges’ testing requirements before you decide to take the ACT with or without writing.

If you choose to write the ACT essay, the prompt will be slightly different from the SAT.

Also, the ACT gives you 30 minutes to write, whereas the SAT gives you 25 minutes.2

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