|SAT REASONING TEST||ACT Assessment|
|Tests verbal and math skills in 10 sections (plus
one experimental section that does not count against your score).
The experimental section is masked to look like a regular section.
||Tests English, math, reading, and science reasoning
in 4 sections. An experimental section is added to tests on
certain dates only, and is clearly experimental.
|SAT REASONING TEST CONTENT||act assessment content|
|Math: up to 9th grade basic geometry
and Algebra II
Reading: sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension
Writing: an essay, and questions testing grammar, usage, and word choice
|Math: up to trigonometry
Science: charts, experiments
Reading: four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science
English: stresses grammar
|sat reasoning test scoring||act assessment scoring|
|Scored within the range of 200 through
800 points for each section. A 2400 is the highest possible
On the score report, your verbal and math scores are also reported as percentiles. (E.g., if your raw score is 75 points, you are in the 83rd percentile of college-bound students. This means that 83% of students who took the test nationally scored lower than you did, and 17% scored higher.)
To qualify for the Physician Assistant program, you must have an SAT score of at least 1530.
|Scored within the range of 1 through 36.
Your score report conveys your score for each of the four tests as well as a composite score. The composite score is the average of your four test scores rounded to the nearest whole number.
At the moment, the ACT can't be used to qualify for the Physician Assistant program.
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|how the sat differs from the act (courtesy of kaplan online)||how the act differs from the sat (courtesy of kaplan online)|
|No science section
No trigonometry section
Questions other than multiple-choice included
Penalty for guessing (¼ point)
No English grammar
Math accounts for 50% of your score
Questions go from easy to hard in most sections
|Science reasoning section
Math sections include trigonometry
Vocabulary less important
No penalty for guessing
English grammar tested
Math accounts for 25% of your score
Easy and hard questions mixed within sections
|Time allotted: 3 hours, 20 minutes||Time allotted: 2 hours, 55 minutes|
|Format: multiple choice, essay, graphing (with math)||Format: multiple choice|
|Writing section tests grammar, syntax, and spelling||Heavy focus on grammar; does not test spelling or vocabulary|
|ACT||Old SAT||current sat|
The data in this table by Kaplan Online was created on 12 October 2004, before the SAT Reasoning Test had replaced the SAT. As a result the comparative scores for the SAT Reasoning Test may be slightly different from those shown above.