ACT v. SAT
You get more options with ACT®
Beginning in September 2020, you can take section retesting, get faster results with online testing, and participate in superscoring.
You can improve your scholarship potential
A school counselor found, after 10 years of students taking both the ACT and SAT®, that more scholarships favored the ACT.
You've already been studying for the ACT for years
The test is designed so by the end of your junior year, you've likely covered all the material that you will see on the test.
You know which questions count
On the SAT, you might spend time on a question without knowing it doesn't count toward your score. This is not the case on the ACT.
You can win a scholarship from ACT
Enter for your chance to win a $15,000 scholarship plus tech package while registering for the ACT test.
You can use your calculator for the whole math test—we don't mind
ACT lets you use your calculator for the entire math section! That is not true on the SAT.
You can prep for the ACT test for FREE
ACT® Academy™ is the go-to place to get the most comprehensive, FREE personalized practice for the ACT.
You are more than a score
The ACT includes an education and career planning section to help you plan for life after high school.
|Accepted at all U.S. Colleges|
|Calculator allowed for entire math test|
|Essay is optional|
|No penalty for guessing|
|Free daily practice questions|
|Free comprehensive test practice|
|Test fees waived for eligible students|
|Fee waiver students eligible for college application fee waiver|
|Free score reports|
|All tests 1 hour or less|
|Measures what you learn in high school|
|You always know which questions count|
|You have access to English learner supports|
|You get a STEM score|
|Subject scores are balanced|
|Testing time||2 hours 55 minutes
+ 40-minute essay (optional)
+ 50-minute essay (optional)
|Structure||4 tests + optional writing test||3 tests + optional essay|
|Longest test||1 hr||1 hr 20 min|
|Shortest test||35 min||35 min|
|Score range||Composite 1–36 (writing domain scores: 2–12)||Composite 400–1600 (SAT Essay: reported in 3 dimensions, each 2–8)|
*Based on publicly released SAT information.