Comparison of SAT Versus ACT Test
What are the differences between the SAT & ACT Tests?
The SAT is based more on reasoning than content. The ACT is based more on content than reasoning.
Overall, the ACT requires students to do more work in a shorter period of time than the SAT does. The ACT also contains a science section, which will test students’ ability to interpret graphs, figures, and diagrams. There is no penalty for incorrect answers on either exams.
|ACT Reading||SAT Critical Reading|
|40 questions in 35 minutes||52 questions in 65 minutes|
|ACT English (grammar)||SAT Writing (grammar)|
|75 questions in 45 minutes||44 questions in 35 minutes|
|ACT Math||SAT Math|
|60 problems to solve in 60 minutes||38 problems to solve in 55 minutes
20 problems to solve in 25 minutes
(No Calculator Section)
|ACT Essay||SAT Essay|
|1 essay topic in 40 minutes||1 essay topic in 50 minutes|
|40 questions in 35 minutes|
We offer the students:
~Learn to approach the SAT, PSAT and ACT analytically and with confidence, using actual questions from past exams.
~Review useful approaches for eliminating and guessing, and practice effective test-taking strategies.
~Examine the question types, the essential vocabulary, and the format of each test section, as well as, practice the skills and techniques needed for each type of question.
~Review grammar, reading comprehension, and common essay mistakes.
~Learn when to answer a problem and when to skip a problem.
~Learn techniques that will enable them to solve math problems using proven math shortcuts and strategies.
~Practice the entire SAT test 3 times before taking the exam and receive scores for all practice tests taken. The PSAT & ACT test will be practiced during the course.
**Please note: Students will have work to complete outside of the prep course**
We offer the parents:
~All materials included. The fee for the class includes all text and materials needed.
~Goals for scores. We understand that you, your child, or your child’s future school might have a score in mind for admission. We will work with your child and this number to help you reach that goal.
~References. We have heard many positive comments about our course and would love for you to hear them too!
All courses are held at the Carlisle High School – 623 West Penn Street, Carlisle
Should your child take the SAT or ACT? Which is the better test for them? Our diagnostic test will predict your child’s scores on both exams and help you troubleshoot if there is a particular test would be a better fit.
Full-length Practice Exams:
Whether you have used our test prep services or not, you might be curious how your child would do on the actual exam. Allow us to mimic testing conditions to give you an idea how your child will perform.
SAT/ACT Test Preparation:
This comprehensive course helps you prepare for all sections of the SAT and ACT:
This course is not your typical SAT or ACT prep course!
It is an intensive course that will give you the skills to be successful on the SAT and ACT, but will also require work to achieve results.
PSAT Test Preparation:
Due to the recent changes to the SAT & PSAT, the strategies and content we teach now prepare students for all three exams: PSAT, SAT, & ACT. However, if your child is planning to take the ACT, we do suggest a 2 hour science add-on, as our class does not address the science portion of the ACT.
AP Test Preparation:
AP Calculus and AP English – Language test preparation services are available. Please call or email for more information.
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