About the SAT / ACT

 

About the SAT

Organized by College Board, the SAT is an entrance test designed for students who would like to apply to colleges and universities in the American education system.

Most colleges and universities use the SAT scores of applicants to inform their admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice-only test (except for the optional Essay section) with 3 basic components: Reading, Language and Writing, and Mathematics. Essay writing is an optional section that students can choose to take if specially requested by colleges or universities.


Generally speaking, the higher your SAT scores are, the more choices of colleges and universities you can choose from and the chance of getting into these universities increases.


How long is the SAT?

The SAT takes 3 hours in total. The Essay section is an additional 50 minutes.


How is the SAT scored?

Both the mathematics and the verbal (Reading + Language and Writing) sections are scored on a 200 to 800-point scale and, therefore, the highest score one can get for the SAT is 1600. You will get an independent score for your Essay section if you choose to take it.


How can I get a higher SAT score?

It is important to single out the specific skills being tested on the SAT and pay special attention (hence, more drilling) on the parts that you need help the most with. As SAT test experts, we understand the test system and know exactly how to tackle the different types of questions asked in the SAT exam. Here is an overview of the most important skills you need for the Language and Writing section:


 

What is ACT?

Much like the SAT, the ACT is a standardized entrance exam widely used for admissions purposes at the college level.

The ACT tests a student's academic competence in four areas, which are English, mathematics, reading and science. Again, like the SAT, the ACT is a multiple-choice exam which is available in the pencil-and-paper format. There is an increasing number of students who take both the SAT and the ACT for their college applications.


Generally speaking, the higher your ACT scores are, the more choices of colleges and universities you can choose from and the chance of getting into these universities increases.

SAT ACT Comparison

SAT ACT
Sections
• Reading
• Writing & Language
• Math
• Essay (Optional)
• English
• Math
• Reading
• Science Reasoning
• Essay (Optional)
Length
• 3 hours (basic)
• 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
• 2 hours and 55 minutes (basic)
• 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
Number of Reading
5
4
Math Topics
• Arithmetic
• Algebra I & II
• Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis
• Arithmetic
• Algebra I & II
• Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics
Use of Calculator
Allowed for part of the questions
Allowed for all questions
Essay
Comprehension of a source text
Evaluation and analysis of complex issues
Score System
400-1600
1-36
SAT ACT comparion

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    Syntax

  • Parallel Construction
  • Subject-Verb/Pronoun Agreement
  • Clause
  • Tense and Mood
  • Modifier and Conjunction
  • Punctuation

  • Lexicon

  • Diction
  • Idiomatic Expressions

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