Should you take the SAT or ACT?


The SAT and ACT are entrance tests for most colleges and universities to help make admission decisions for new students. There are a few different ways to sign up for the SAT and ACT: you can contact your counselor that you are assigned to by last name, or you can also sign up online through your school website:

The difference between the SAT and the ACT would be that the SAT takes three hours and only has two different sections: Math and English. You have 65 minutes to answer 52 questions in the Reading section, and the Writing and Language is 44 questions in 35 minutes. For the Math section, you only get 80 minutes: 25 minutes to answer 20 questions in the No-Calculator section and 55 minutes to answer 38 questions with a calculator. The SAT also has a fifth section, which will be different for each student and can be on Reading, Writing and Language, or Math, and it usually consists of experimental questions. That being said, you should still try to do your best and answer the questions.

The ACT is two hours and fifty five minutes with different sections such as English, Math, Reading, and Science. For the English section, you have 45 minutes to answer 75 questions, and for Reading, you have 35 minutes to answer 40 questions. The Math section has 60 questions to be answered in 60 minutes. Lastly, the Science section allows 35 minutes to answer 40 questions. There is also an optional essay for the ACT, which you have 40 minutes to write. If you are good at answering different sections of classes with different information about classes, this may be the best test for you.

In my opinion, you should always take the SAT since you have more time and have only two sections to focus on rather than four. English and Math can be easier to most people than taking four different subjects during a shorter period of time.
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