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Test Format: SAT vs. ACT

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New SAT vs. ACT: Test Format:

 

New SAT

ACT

Testing time

3 hours

+ 50-minute essay (optional)

2 hours 55 minutes

+ 40-minute essay (optional)

Structure

3 tests + optional essay

4 tests + optional writing test

Number of questions

154

215

Time per question

1 minute, 10 seconds

49 seconds

Score range

Composite 400–1600 (SAT Essay: reported in 3 dimensions, each 2–8)

Composite 1–36 (writing domain scores: 2–12)

Test length and timing

Reading Test: 65 minutes/52 questions

 

Writing and Language Test: 35 minutes/

44 questions

 

Math Test: 80 minutes/58 questions

Reading Test: 35 minutes/40 questions

 

English Test: 45 minutes/75 questions

 

Math Test: 60 minutes/60 questions

 

Science Test: 35 minutes/40 questions