ACT vs. SAT
More questions, less time per question
Straightforward questions, similar to school testing
Four Sections: math, reading, writing and science
Math: all calculator
Optional essay offered
Total time (without essay): 2 hours and 55 min
Total available points: 36
Fewer, wordier questions
Requires more critical thinking and analysis
Two sections: reading/writing and math
Math: part calculator and part no calculator
No essay offered
Total time: 3 hours
Total available points: 1600
Here are the most commonly asked questions we get about test prep:
What test should my student take?
To optimize scores, students should prepare for and take either the ACT or SAT, not both. Every college in America now accepts both tests. If you need help deciding which test is best for your child, click here.
When should they begin to prepare for it?
Most students take the ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year, and, if necessary, in the fall of their senior year. Look at the charts below to see the ideal time to start prep.
|ACT Test Date||Ideal Time to Start Prep|
|December 10, 2022||September 2022|
|February 11, 2023||November 2022|
|April 15, 2023||January 2023|
|June 10, 2023||March 2023|
|July 15, 2023||April 2023|
|SAT Test Date||Ideal Time to Start Prep|
|December 3, 2022||September 2022|
|March 11, 2023||December 2022|
|May 6, 2023||February 2023|
|June 3, 2023||March 2023|