SAT vs. ACT

Georgia-Cumberland Academy SAT and ACT testing on-campus throughout the school year.

ACT SAT
Length 3 hours, 25 minutes 3 hours, 45 minutes
Sections 4 Test sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing(optional) 10 Sections: 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing (includes Essay), 1 Experimental (unscored)
Science Science reasoning (analysis,interpretation,evaluation,and problem solving Science not included
Math Math accounts for 1/3 of overall score Arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry Math accounts for 1/3 of overall score Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2
Essay Last thing you do (optional); 30 minutes (Not included in composition score) First thing you do; 20 minutes Factored into overall score
Scoring Total composite score of 1-36 (based on average of 4 tests); 4 scores of 1-36 for each test score of 2-12 for the optional essay Total score out of 2400; 3 scores 200-800 for each question; 2 sub-scores: 20-80 for writing multiple choice; 2-12 for the essay
Wrong Answer Penalty No wrong answer penalty Yes,1/4 point per wrong answer (except for Math Grid-in-questions)
Sending Score History You decide which score is sent Your entire score history will be sent automatically