All major colleges accept the SAT and the ACT with equal preference. When deciding whether to take the SAT or the ACT, students should not speculate. Diagnostic testing and routine practice will dictate which test is best suited for the individual student.
We generally recommend that students complete a few months of tutoring before selecting to prepare for either the SAT or ACT. During this period, each student should take an SAT and an ACT diagnostic test. The results of the diagnostics in addition the student’s preferences and goals will help us advise an appropriate test regimen.
In the first few months of the program, our tutors focus on imparting the core material—including math concepts, grammar rules, and reading skills—relevant to both the SAT and the ACT. After deciding which test better suits each student’s goals and abilities, our tutors will incorporate materials specific to the student's chosen test and develop a rigorous practice test schedule.
The ACT and the SAT are both prominent college admissions tests. Both assess the educational development of high school students and the ability to perform college level work. However, the ACT and the SAT are different educational instruments with different emphases.

SAT 
ACT 
Scoring 
400–1600 composite scale 
1–36 composite scale 
Test Length 
3 hours + 50minute optional essay 
2 hours and 55 minutes + 40minute optional essay 
Reading 
52 questions in 65 minutes Passagebased reading comprehension Informational graphics included 
40 questions in 35 minutes Passagebased reading comprehension 
English 
44 questions in 35 minutes Passagebased testing of grammar, usage, syntax, rhetoric, & punctuation Informational graphics included 
75 questions in 45 minutes Passagebased testing of grammar, usage, syntax, rhetoric, & punctuation 
Math 
No Calculator Section: 20 questions in 25 minutes (include 5 gridin questions) Calculator Section: 38 questions in 55 minutes (including 8 gridin questions) Trigonometry, radians, volumes, complex numbers, congruence & similarity, simple rational expressions, higher order equations, circlerelated topics Emphasis on algebra, problem solving and data analysis, and certain advanced math topics 
60 questions in 60 minutes Can used approved calculator All multiple choice Arithmetic, algebra I & II, planar and coordinate geometry, trigonometry and precalculus including functions, conic sections, combinations & permutations, logarithms, and matrices 
Science 
No Science Section Science questions throughout the Reading, Writing & Language, and Math Tests 
40 Questions in 35 Minutes Interpretation and application of scientific data presented in tables, pie charts, bar graphs, scatter plots, etc. 
Essay 
50 Minutes Optional Students must analyze an authentic text and evaluate how well the author constructs an argument 3 scores:

40 Minutes Optional Writing and composition, analysis and development of an argument 4 scores:

Other 
No penalty for incorrect answers 
No penalty for incorrect answers 
Concordance tools and tables are provided on the official SAT website.