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New SAT To ACT Comparison: Alexis Avila

The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.

On today’s show, Alexis continues the tutoring tips series and helps those of you who are trying which college aptitude test to take, by comparing the New SAT Test to the ACT Test.

The new SAT rolls out in the spring of 2016. You might want to take the ACT in lieu of the new SAT or the other way around, or maybe you’ll take both tests, but it’s important to know the differences between the two tests. So, here’s a snapshot for you.


The new SAT will be divided into two sections out of 1600 points. So, you’ll have an evidence-based writing and language section with a maximum of 800 points and a math section with a maximum of 800 points. You’ll have an additional essay if you decide to take the essay. An additional essay score that does not affect your composite score.

The composite score on the ACT will be the average of four scores in the areas of math, English, reading, and science. The essay portion provides two additional scores that do not affect your composite score, and the average composite score ranges from 1 to 36.

Test length

The new SAT will be a three-hour exam plus an additional 50 minutes for the optional writing portion. There are 153 questions in total. The ACT is a 2-hour and 55-minute test plus an additional 30 minutes for the optional essay portion. There are a total of 215 questions.

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