There are two types of SAT tests: the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. Both tests are designed to help measure a student's ability to handle college-level work and are administered by the College Board. The SAT test was redone in the spring of 2016 and includes a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, a Math Test, and an optional essay. SAT Subject Tests measure students' collective knowledge in English, Math, History, Sciences and Languages and are not required for admission at all colleges. Scores are found on a scale from 200 to 800.
For complete information on test locations, dates, fees, and services, visit the College Board website.
The ACT is a more content-based test than the SAT. It is still a test of problem-solving skills, but more closely tests a student's knowledge of the "core curriculum" taught in high schools, English, math, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Scores are found on a scale from 1 to 36.
For more information on the ACT, visit their website for complete information on test locations, dates, fees, and services.
SAT or ACT – which should you take?
Some students have significantly different scores on the SAT and the ACT exams. The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. Most colleges accept either exam. We advise that 9th and 10th grade students take both mock tests offered through the Academic Booster Club to familiarize themselves with the two before taking a full exam.
For a good comparison of the two, click here.