SAT & ACT


What’s the difference?

Colleges and universities use both the SAT and ACT to evaluate students for acceptance into their schools. Many schools will accept scores from either test while others may require you to take a certain exam.

 

Community College bound students DO NOT take SAT or ACT but do take a placement test given at the community colleges.


Use the chart below to help you choose which exam you think you would score higher on.


 
 ACT SAT
  • 215 questions
  • no order of difficulty
  • heavy in grammar & reading
  • tested on Algebra, Geometry & Trig
  • Math = 25% of score
  • based on school curriculum
  • Not as tricky/less distractions
  • no guessing penalty
  • Science reasoning section
  • English grammar tested
  • no writing piece
Scoring 0 – 36
  • 154 questions (4 multiple choice answers)
  • proceeds in an order of difficulty
  • heavy in vocabulary
  • tested on Algebra & Geometry
  • Math = 50% of score
  • not based on curriculum
  • tends to be tricky
  • guessing penalty
  • no Science
  • no English grammar
  • Writing piece
Scoring 400 – 1600

        

                ACT      $36.50                          

  

  Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline **
    
    

                            
 Sept. 10 Aug. 5   Aug. 19
 Oct. 22  Sept. 16       Sept. 30
 Dec. 10 Nov. 4     Nov. 18
 Feb. 11    Jan. 13 Jan. 20
 April 8   Mar. 3 Mar. 17
 June 10 May 5    May 19
                                                      

        ** Fee waivers are not valid for late registrations

                                 



                SAT        $54.50

      

Test DateRegistration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline ***

 Oct. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 7
 Nov. 5    Oct. 9 Oct. 23
 Dec. 3 Nov. 5 Nov. 20
 Jan. 21 Dec. 28 Jan. 8
 Mar. 11 Feb. 5 Feb. 16
 May 6 April 8 April 22
 June 3 May 5 May 20

        ** Fee waivers are valid for late registrations