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SAT / ACT

SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam is used by most colleges to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the SAT is for colleges to have one common data to compare all their applicants. However, admission into colleges is not based only on your SAT score.
The test is 3 hours long with two sections, Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math.

  • Reading: 65 minutes
    • 52 multiple-choice questions
    • 5 Passages or pairs of passages (literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences)
  • Writing and Language: 35 minutes
    • 44 multiple-choice questions
    • Grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills
  • Math (No-Calculator): 25 minutes
    • 20 questions
    • Algebra I and II, geometry, and some trigonometry
  • Math (Calculator-allowed): 55 minutes
    • 38 questions
    • Algebra I and II, geometry, and some trigonometry
  • Optional Essay*: 50 minutes
    • Read a passage and explain how the author builds a persuasive argument

The SAT is offered 7 times a year. The months the exam is offered are August, October, November, December, March, May and June. To register for the SAT, you have to register online at the College Board website five weeks before the desired test date.

*Even though the essay is optional, we highly recommend all students to take the essay because many colleges still ask for you to submit in your essay score along with your SAT score.

ACT

The ACT is an entrance exam is used by most colleges to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the ACT is for colleges to have one common data to compare all their applicants. However, admission into colleges is not based only on your ACT score.

The test is 3 hours long with four sections, English, Reading, Math and Science.

  • English: 45 minutes
    • 75 multiple-choice questions
    • Five passages with portions underlined to test grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and rhetorical skills
  • Reading: 35 minutes
    • 40 multiple-choice questions
    • Four passages with 10 questions per passage (prose fiction, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences)
  • Math: 60 minutes
    • 60 multiple-choice questions
    • Algebra I and II, geometry and some trigonometry
  • Science: 35 minutes
    • 40 multiple-choice questions
    • Questions on seven science-based passages presented with charts and research summaries. Topics include: biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology and meteorology
  • Optional Essay*: 40 minutes
    • Write an essay where you have to take a position on the prompt

The ACT is offered only 5 times a year in New York. The months the exam is offered are September, October, December, April and June. To register for the ACT, you have to register online at the ACT website five weeks before the desired test date.

*Even though the essay is optional, we highly recommend all students to take the essay because many colleges still ask for you to submit in your essay score along with your ACT score.