Playing college sports is a great opportunity and academics plays an important role in getting to the next level. While determining what NCAA eligibility requirements you need to meet, you have noticed the option of submitting test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Today we will explain the differences between the two tests, and hopefully give you some direction on which test is right for you!
WHY THESE TESTS
SAT - 7 Times each year (March or April/May/June/August/October/November/December)
ACT - 7 Times each year (February/April/June/July/September/October/December)
SAT - $52
ACT - $55
SAT - Math/Reading/Writing & Language
ACT - Math/Reading/English/Science
SAT - 3 hours
ACT - 2 hours, 55 minutes
# OF QUESTIONS
SAT - 154
ACT - 215
SAT - Arithmetic/Algebra I & II/Geometry/Trigonometry/Data Analysis
(Calculator not allowed on all questions)
ACT - Arithmetic/Algebra I & II/Geometry/Trigonometry
(Calculator allowed on all questions)
SAT - 5 reading passages
ACT - 4 reading passages
SAT - None
ACT - 1 section testing critical thinking
SAT - 400 to 1600
ACT - 1 to 36
Division I - 900
Division II - 840
Division III - no minimum requirement
Division I - 75
Division II - 70
Division III - No minimum requirement
WHICH TEST SHOULD YOU TAKE
While both the SAT and ACT are nationally accepted, some states require high school students to take the ACT or SAT. In these cases, it is best that you take whichever test is required for you state, and avoid studying for both tests.
Here are a list of states/regions that require the SAT:
District of Columbia
These states require the ACT:
TRY THE SAT VS ACT QUIZ
If you are still undecided on which test is best for you, take this short quiz to help you make an informed choice. Check whether you agree or disagree with each statement listed below.
I struggle with geometry & trigonometry.
I am good at solving math problems without a calculator.
Science is not my forte.
It’s easier for me to analyze something than to explain my opinion.
I normally do well on math tests.
I can’t recall math formulas easily.
I like coming up with my own answers for math questions.
Tight time constraints stress me out.
I can easily find evidence to back up my answers.
Chronologically arranged questions are easier to follow.
Count how many answers you agreed with to find out what your score means.
6+ Agrees - Take the SAT
The SAT will give you more time for each question, won’t include a science section, and has fewer geometry questions.
4-5 Agrees - Take the SAT or ACT
<4 Agrees - Take the SAT
The ACT provides multiple choice answers to all math problems, as well as the use of a calculator. The science section is helpful for those intending to study in a similar field.
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