General SAT Information
Your SAT 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 SAT scores varies from school to school.
Anyone can get a score from a SAT, 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: 58 questions – 80 minutes
Writing & Language: 44 questions – 35 minutes
Total: 154 questions
Writing: 1 persuasive argument – 50 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.
|SAT Exam||ACT Exam|
|4 answer choices||5 answer choices|
|Scores range from 200 – 800 per section||Scores range from 1 – 36 per section|
|3 hours + 50 minute essay (optional)||2 hours 55 minutes + 40 minute essay (optional)|
No science section
|Places an emphasis on vocabulary.||Science section rewards good reasoning skills, not specific science knowledge|
|Under the writing section (which is optional) you have the option to write your own argument / essay.||Under the writing section (which is optional) you evaluate an argument that someone else has already written for you.|
|Has a “with calculator” and “without calculator” section.||Can use a calculator on all its math problems.|
|More time per problem, so it’s a less intense testing experience.||More time per problem, so it’s a more 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.
SAT TEST DAY
Center Code: 59660
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Avda. Lago De Los Cisnes
Center Code: 59652
2. Photo ID 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.) Check the College Board website to see if your ID meets the criteria.
You do not want to be turned away on test day so it is incumbent on you to bring an acceptable form of ID.
2. Photo ID
3. Pencils – Nº 2 soft lead (No mechanical pencils, pens or highlighters)
4. Watch so you keep track of time
5. Approved calculator
6. Food or drink for a break
Yes, you can do it either of two ways.
Option 1: At the Test Center
1. After the test, request a to Cancel Test Scores form from the test supervisor.
2. Complete and sign the form.
3. Return the form to the test supervisor before leaving the center.
Option 2: After You Leave the Test Center
You can fill in the "Request to Cancel Test Scores" form from the College Board site or use the link below, sign it and fax it to 610-290-8978. It must be received no later than 11.59 P.M. ET on the on the third business day following your test day.
Students with disabilities have until the Monday, one week after the test date to cancel their score.
Downloadable Request to Cancel Test Scores form:
- Name, address, sex, birth date and registration number
- Name of test you are cancelling
- Test date
- Test center number
- Signature (required or the cancellation will not be processed)