SAT

  • Accepted by most colleges
  • The essay affects your score
  • No science section.
  • The math tests through Algebra 2.
  • You are directly tested on vocabulary.
  • There is a guessing penalty.
  • There are ten sections and only the first and last sections are always the same (essay and multiple-choice writing section last). Everything in between is always in a different order.
  • There is one experimental section.
  • MYTH BUSTER: Colleges do not average your scores after 3 attempts.
  • MYTH BUSTER: It does not looks bad if a student takes the SAT more than once.

ACT

  • Accepted by most colleges
  • Most colleges will take your highest score.
  • The essay does not affect the your score.
  • Contains a science section.
  • The math test through Pre-Calculus.
  • You are not directly tested on vocabulary.
  • There is no guessing penalty.
  • The four sections are in the same order for every test (English, Math, Reading, and then Science)
  • No experimental section.
  • MYTH BUSTER: ACT does not average your scores.
  • MYTH BUSTER: Some colleges prefer the ACT.