Download the PDF: Compare the SAT to the ACT

One of the questions we hear most often at A+ Test Prep and Tutoring is, Which test should I take – the SAT or the ACT?

Both students and parents continually express confusion about whether to take one of the standardized tests over the other, or whether taking both the SAT and the ACT would be most beneficial.

The SAT and the ACT differ significantly in the following areas:

  • Test section type
  • Average time expected for each section
  • Content type within each section (For example: the SAT does not have a standalone Science section; there are Science questions peppered throughout the other sections, whereas the ACT has a dedicated 40-question Science section.)
  • Scoring
  • Essay task

Be sure to click on the image below for a full breakdown outlining the differences between the SAT and the ACT!



At A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, we are here to help you navigate the standardized testing process. If you need instruction or practice in any aspect of the SAT or ACT, we have experienced tutors who will work with you until you feel confident. 

If you would like more information, our Client Service Directors Anne Stanley and Susan Ware are available to answer questions and provide solutions. You may reach either of them by calling A+ Test Prep and Tutoring at 215-886-9188.


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