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Old SAT (through Jan. 2016) |
New SAT (March 2016) |
ACT | |
Guessing |
¼ point penalty |
No penalty |
No penalty |
Sections |
Three: Math, Reading,and Writing |
Three: Math, Reading, and Writing & Language |
Four: Math, Science, Reading, and English |
Scoring |
Composite score based on all three scored sections 600-2400 |
Composite score based on two scored sections: Math and Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing 400-1600 |
Composite score based on all four scored sections 1-36 |
Essay |
Required |
Optional |
Optional |
Answer Choices |
Five |
Four |
Four |
Time |
3 hours, 45 min |
no essay: 3 hours, 45 min with essay: 4 hours, 35 min |
no writing: 2 hours, 55 min with essay: 3 hours, 25 min |
Math Sections |
Three Sections 54 total questions 70 minutes |
Two Sections 58 total questions 80 minutes |
One Section 60 questions 60 minutes |
Math Content |
Arithmetic (20-24%), Algebra I and II (35-39%), Geometry (25-30%), Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability (11-13%) |
Algebra (35%), Advanced Algebra (27%), Geometry and Trigonometry (10%), Data Analysis and Problem Solving (28%) *emphasis on algebra and word problems |
Pre-Algebra (20-25%), Algebra I (15-20%), Algebra II (15-20%), Plane Geometry (20-25%), Coordinate Geometry (20-25%), Trig (5-10%) |
Reading Sections |
Three Sections 67 total questions 70 minutes |
One Section 52 questions 65 minutes |
One Section 40 questions 35 minutes |
Vocabulary |
19 sentence completion and 4-6 in-context questions from passages |
8-10 in-context questions from passages and in 2-4 questions in Writing section *text complexity rating is higher on these passages |
2-4 in-context questions from the passages and in 2-3 questions in the English section |
Writing Sections |
Three Sections one essay and two multiple choice 49 questions 35 minutes |
One Section 44 questions 35 minutes |
One English Section 75 questions 45 minutes |
Science Sections | None | None Directly |
40 questions 35 minutes |