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This article contains information on how the ACT and SAT are different, their pros and cons,  and ACT and SAT test dates (2016-2017)

As you enter your sophomore year, you may want to have the ACT and/or SAT on your mind. These examinations play a vital role in determining which university you get accepted into.

The SAT is intended as a reasoning test, one that determines a student’s ability to work through confusing or tricky questions, the ACT is designed to test whether a  student knows the content of a standard high school curriculum. The ACT basically tests what the student knows.

The ACT gives less time per question than the SAT. The SAT gives you 70 seconds per question and the ACT gives 49. The ACT questions are more straightforward and SAT questions are a little tricky and require more thinking.

Also, the ACT has a science test while the SAT does not. The science test is basically reading graphs. Also, the SAT has a section where you need to provide the answer and also includes a no calculator section. The ACT, on the other hand, is all multiple choice and calculators can be used on all of it.

The best thing to do is to take a SAT practice test and an ACT practice test and see what you do better on.

ACT Test Dates:

  • September 10th, 2016
  • October 22, 2016
  • December 10, 2016
  • February 11, 2017
  • April 8, 2017
  • June 10, 2017

SAT Test Dates:

  • October 1, 2016
  • November 5, 2016
  • December 3, 2016
  • January 21, 2017
  • March 11, 2017
  • May 6, 2017
  • June 3, 2017

 

 

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