Brief Overview of Structural Differences between the ACT and SAT

ACT

2 hrs and 55 mins without Writing

3 hrs and 35 mins with Writing


English

Math

Reading

Science

Writing (optional)


English - 45 mins

Math 60 mins

Reading 35 mins

Science - 35 mins

Writing (optional) - 40 mins


English - 75 questions

Math - 60 questions

Reading - 40 questions

Science - 40 questions

Writing (optional) - 1 essay


Total Score Range  1 - 36


Each section uses a scale of 1-36. Your score is the average of your four section scores.

The optional Writing section uses a scale of 2-12 and does not count toward your final score.

SAT

3 hours without Essay

3 hours and 50 mins with Essay


Reading

Writing and Language

Math - no calculator

Math - with calculator

Essay (optional)


Reading - 65 mins

Writing and Language - 35 mins

Math - no calculator - 25 mins

Math - with Calculator - 55 mins

Essay (optional) - 50 mins


Reading - 52 questions

Writing and Language - 44 questions

Math - no calculator - 20 questions

Math - with calculator - 38 questions

Essay (optional) 1 essay


Total Score Range  400 - 1600


The Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math sections each use a scale of 200-800 and are combined for a total score.

The optional Essay uses three separate scale of 1-8 and does not count toward your final score.