ACT/SAT Math Comparison


There are differences between the SAT and ACT (see our comparison), but with the ‘new’ SAT, the tests are more similar than ever. Last year, 1.9 million student’s took the ACT, 1.7 million took the SAT.

The biggest differences are within the math segments.

The structure of the math questions between the two tests are very different. The SAT does not permit a calculator on about 40% of the questions and includes open response questions (grid-ins). The ACT includes more geometry and trig; the question types are more straightforward but also more diverse.

Please have your student join us for a complementary comparison exam during which they will take a sample math SAT and ACT. We will provide you with results and an equivalent score comparison to help them decide on preferred format. Once they decide which test to take, we suggest students prepare for that test as preparation to take the one test will not be the same as preparation to take the other.

Our current practice test dates are 4/3 and 4/5.

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