Frequently Asked Questions

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What is on the ACT?

The ACT is divided into four parts, with an optional fifth section: English, Math, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing section.

  • The ACT English section includes five passages accompanied by a sequence of multiple-choice questions. This section covers written English (punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure) and rhetorical skills (strategy, organization, and style). Spelling, vocabulary, and memory of rules of grammar are NOT tested.

  • The ACT Math section covers pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.

  • The ACT Reading section includes four passages with 10 multiple-choice questions each. This section tests your reading comprehension skills.

  • The ACT Science section includes seven sets of scientific data followed by multiple-choice questions. This section tests your interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

What is on the SAT?

The SAT is comprised of two sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing is comprised of two tests, one focused on Reading and one focused on Writing & Language. The Math section is comprised of a single test with two components – a no-calculator portion and a calculator-allowed portion. The SAT also includes an optional Essay. Some schools may require the Essay, so be sure to ask before you take the SAT.

How is the ACT Scored?

Each of the four ACT sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science) is scored on a range of 1–36. The scores from all four sections are added together and divided by four to get the composite ACT score.

How Is SAT scored?

The SAT consists of three subjects: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.  Each subject has a score range of 200 as the lowest score to 800 as the highest score for a total of 2400.  The average SAT score is approximately 500 for each section or a 1500 overall. 700+ On Math, Reading, and Writing Sections for a total of 2100+ on the SAT Ivy League institutions like Yale and Princeton as well as colleges on a similar level such as Stanford, MIT, Cal Tech, and Duke typically require SAT scores in the 700s for each subjects. 600+ On Math, Reading, and Writing Sections for a total of 1800+ on the SAT High level academic State Universities such as the University of Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina State, or California State require mid 600s for each section of SAT scores. 500+ On Math, Reading, and Writing Sections for a total of 1500+ on the SAT Typical state colleges like Pennsylvania State, Central Florida, Ohio State, Texas State, and Colorado State require mid 500s into the 600s. 400+ On Math, Reading, and Writing Sections for a total of 1200+ on the SAT There are plenty of colleges that take scores from the mid 400s and up. Most colleges post their standardized test requirements on their website so you can get an idea of what it means to be in their bubble of possible scores! To view your SAT score percentile, check your score on  The College Board will update what percentile you are in as more students complete the SAT throughout the year.

How long is the SAT?

The SAT has two big sections – Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), and Math. You can earn a scaled score of between 200 and 800 points on each section, for a total of 1600 possible points on the Redesigned SAT.

How long is the ACT?

It takes a total of 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete the four sections of the ACT. If you take the 30-minute optional writing section, the test lasts a total of 3 hours and 25 minutes.

How is the ACT different from the SAT? Should I take the ACT or the SAT?

Generally, if you take the ACT or SAT and score well, you will probably score about as well on the other test. While both tests cover many of the same subject areas, like reading comprehension and math, the ACT often requires more knowledge of the material you learn in high school than the SAT does. The ACT covers trigonometry, for example, while the SAT does not, and the ACT has a whole section on scientific data interpretation (the SAT has some data interpretation questions  in the math section).This free downloadprovides a complete list of differences between the ACT and SAT.

If you are more prone to using memory, take the ACT. If you are more prone to strategizing or if you like puzzles, take the SAT. In any event, check with the schools to which you’re applying to find out which test they prefer.

How To Register For The ACT

You can register for the ACT online or by mail. The ACT recommends registering online because it is faster, you can immediately see if your preferred test center has space available, and you can print your admission ticket immediately after submitting payment.

How do I register for the SAT?

There are three ways to sign up for the SAT:

  • Online: Register at the College Board website

  • By phone: (888) 728-4357. Students may only register for the SAT over the phone if they are retaking the SAT. Only students who have a previous SAT registration can register by phone.

  • By mail: Under certain circumstances, some students may be required to register for the SAT by mail. You can learn whether or not these circumstances apply to you at the following web address: To register by mail, you will need The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, which is available through your school counselor.