ACT                            SAT

Stands for American College Test Scholastic Aptitude Test
What is tested ACT assesses knowledge of subjects taught in high school.
SAT measures literacy and writing skills, and assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems.

When to take the test ACT examination is offered six times a year in the months of February, April, June, September, October, December.
In USA, SAT examination is offered seven times a year in the months of January, March, May, June, October, November, December.
Penalty for incorrect answers There is no penalty for wrong answers.
There is penalty (¼ point) for each wrong answer except for grid-in (not multiple choice) questions in Math. Omitted questions neither count for nor against a student's overall score.

Test Duration

3 hours and 25 minutes (including 30 minutes for an optional writing test).
3 hours and 45 minutes
Major Sections
4 major sections- English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. A fifth section (Writing) is optional.

3 major sections- Mathematics, Reading and Writing. The Writing section includes an essay.

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The ACT tends to be relatively more popular in the Midwest and the South.

The SAT tends to be more popular on the East and West coasts.
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