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ACT vs. SAT: A Side-by-side Comparison

 

ACT

SAT

English:

45 minutes long and has 75 multiple choice grammar and usage questions

Evidence-based Reading and Writing:

Consists of

A Reading section that is 65 minutes long and has 52 multiple choice reading comprehension and data interpretation questions

And

A Writing and Language section that is 35 minutes long and has 44 multiple choice grammar and usage questions

Reading:

35 minutes long and has 40 multiple choice reading comprehension questions

Math:

60 minutes long and has 60 multiple choice math questions

Math:

Consists of

A calculator permitted section that is 55 minutes long and has 37 multiple choice and grid-in questions

AND

A no calculator permitted section that is 25 minutes and has 20 multiple choice and grid-in questions

Science:

35 minutes long and has 40 multiple choice data interpretation questions

Data interpretation questions are included in the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section

Essay:

40-minute optional essay that requires students to construct their own argument from three perspectives

Essay:

50-minute optional essay that requires students to analyse an argument