For those of you who are deciding whether you should take the ACT or the New SAT this spring, do we have a treat in store for you! We are doing a video series comparing each section of the ACT to the new SAT, so you can see which test might align better with your strengths and preferences as a test-taker.
And in today’s video, we are looking at the Reading sections.
Here are the facts; then check out the video for more on what the heck this all means!
ACT vs New SAT number of passages
ACT Reading: 4
SAT Reading: 5
ACT vs New SAT number of fiction passages
ACT Reading: 1
SAT Reading: 1
ACT vs New SAT passage lengths
ACT Reading: 700-900 words
SAT Reading: 500-750 words
ACT vs. New SAT passage difficulty levels
ACT Reading: all about the same (10th-early 11th grade level)
SAT Reading: varies (9th grade-early college level)
ACT vs. New SAT comparison passages:
ACT Reading: most tests have 1 set of dual passages to compare
SAT Reading: all tests have 1 set of dual passages to compare
ACT vs New SAT Informational graphics
ACT Reading: all text
SAT Reading: a few questions require students to evaluate tables or figures along with what they read.
ACT vs. New SAT number of questions and time limit
ACT Reading: 40 questions; 35 minutes (52.5 seconds per question, including reading time)
SAT Reading: 52 questions; 65 minutes (1 min 15 seconds per question, including reading time) but remember there is one more passage to read than on the ACT.
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