First you will need to decide whether to take the SAT or ACT.
Most U.S. Universities do not have a preference for which one you take – however you should check with the school itself. Below is a comparison of both the tests:
|Test Length||3 hours, 25 minutes||3 hours, 50 minutes (including optional 50 minute essay)|
|Test Sections||5 sections||3 sections|
|Science Content||Tests science reasoning (analysis, interpretation, problem solving)||Science not included|
|Math Content||25% of the overall score; entirely multiple choice||33% of overall score; trigonometry and fill-in questions|
|Essay||Last section – optional||Last section – optional|
|Scoring||5 scores of 1-36 per subject area
Composite score: 1-36
|2 scores of 200-800 per section
|Guessing||No penalty for wrong answers||No penalty for wrong answers|
|Score History||Students decide which score is sent||A student’s entire score history is sent (depending on university requirements).|
|Test Fee||$36.50 (No Writing) + $33 Non-U.S. Regional Fee
$52.50 (Plus Writing) + $33 Non-U.S. Regional Fee
|$43 or $54.50 with essay + $35 Non-U.S. Regional Fee|
|Register for the test (Please note students must register themselves for the test)||www.actstudent.org||www.collegeboard.com|
SAT At A Glance
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