GENERAL ACT INFORMATION
Your ACT score is very important as it is used to compare how good you are in relation to thousands of other applicants who apply for admission every year. The importance placed on the ACT scores varies from school to school.
Anyone can get a score from a ACT, but getting a score that is high enough to get you into your preferred school is another thing. If you want a competitive college application, you need high test score results. If you want high test scores, you need to take the right test for you.
Mathematics: 60 questions – 60 minutes
Reading: 40 questions – 35 minutes
Science: 40 questions – 35 minutes
Total: 215 questions
Writing: 1 prompt – 40 minutes
Aside from the differences listed in the table below, the tests are very similar now that the SAT has been redesigned. The main differences come down to timing and how you like to solve problems. The material tested is very similar. They both take 3-4 hours to complete, and getting a good score on either will get you past the admissions officer to the next part of the admissions process.
|ACT Exam||SAT Exam|
|5 answer choices||4 answer choices|
|Scores range from 1 – 36 per section||Scores range from 200 – 800 per section|
|3 hours + 50 minute essay (optional)||2 hours 55 minutes + 40 minute essay (optional)|
|Science section rewards good reasoning skills, not specific science knowledge||Places an emphasis on vocabulary.|
|Under the writing section (which is optional) you evaluate an argument that someone else has already written for you.||Under the writing section (which is optional) you have the option to write your own argument / essay.|
|Can use a calculator on all its math problems.||Has a “with calculator” and “without calculator” section.|
|More time per problem, so it’s a more intense testing experience.||More time per problem, so it’s a less intense testing experience.|
Based on the above information you should decide which test will give you the biggest advantage based on your own preferences and test taking style. Once you have done that, focus solely on that one test.
Because the New SAT lacks a science section and is less time intensive, it might seem like an easier option but this is not the case. Decisions need to be made on an individual basis based on your personal way of thinking and problem solving.
Visual thinkers who work well with and without a calculator may gravitate to the many charts, tables, and graphs on the SAT. Strong readers who work well under time pressure may do better with the dense reading passages on the ACT. You can do well on either test, but it is a good idea to explore both. Keeping your options open means less stress and more choices about which scores to send to colleges.
ACT TEST DAY
Benjamin Franklin Intl SchoolBarcelona
Center Code: 872270
Carmarma De EsteruelasEvangelical Christian Academy
Center Code: 873620
Los Realejos, TenerifeBritish School Of Tenerife
Center Code: 872940
MadridSt Louis Univ, Madrid Campus
Center Code: 874240
PuzolAmerican School of Valencia
Center Code: 873160
ZaragozaSchool Year Abroad
Center Code: 871500
2. Official, valid, original ID with photo containing your first and last names issued by a government institution or your school (The name on your admission ticket must match your ID.)
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