ACT/ SAT Tests

What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.

The College Board introduced a new version of the SAT in 2005, with a mandatory writing test. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to.

The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is, they take off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

For a more thorough examination of the ACT/SAT comparison, view the Kaplan website.

Students should take these tests by the spring semester of their junior year and again by the fall semester of their senior year.

ACT Test Preparation and Registration

ACT website

From top tool bar, click on "Registration"

From tool bar on left, click on "Test Dates" for all 2011-2012 testing dates

From tool bar on left, under "Test Centers," click on U.S. & Canada for test sites by date, place, city, state


ACT with no writing - $34.00

ACT Plus Writing - $49.50 

From top tool bar, click on "Test Prep"

From tool bar on left, click on "Practice Test Questions"

From top tool bar, select test subject i.e., English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing (with scored writing samples)

All tests show correct answer and rationale.

SAT Test Preparation and Registration

SAT website


$49.00 - SAT

$22.00 - Basic Subject Test Fee (per registration)

$22.00 - Language With Listening Test (per test)

$11.00 -  All other Subject Tests (per test)

Additional Test Preparation and Practice Sites

Test Prep Review website

This site has practice tests and discussion of all the exit exams listed.