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Kristin Fracchia

ACT vs SAT Infographic

Not sure whether the SAT or ACT is best for you? We don’t blame you—many fantastic schools accept either test. And yet there are quite a few differences between the tests: the SAT is a reasoning test, the ACT is a content-based test; the ACT tests science, but the SAT doesn’t; the SAT gives you more time per question, while the ACT reading is slightly easier. And that’s not all…

Luckily, we have a handy infographic that can help you decide which test to take!

For everything else you need to know about comparing and deciding between the ACT and the new SAT, check out ACT vs SAT: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Test for You! And let us know if you still need help deciding which test to take, so that we can help you get your best score!

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About Kristin Fracchia

Dr. Kristin Fracchia currently focuses on our MCAT and LSAT Prep, but she also has expertise in a wide range of standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT, as well as college and grad school admissions. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004. She enjoys the agony and bliss of long distance trail running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

6 Responses to “ACT vs SAT Infographic”

  1. SN says:

    This is far more helpful than the list of other search results I scrolled by to get here. And thank you so much for sharing your years of valuable experience this way. My son will process this information far better now.

  2. Zoë says:

    Hi, this isn’t a real comment – I just wanted to draw your attention to the Scoring infographic – you misspelled “deduction,” adding an extra “a” in every case.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Zoë,

      Oh no! I don’t have access to the image files I need to fix this, but I’ve let our content team know. It won’t get fixed immediately, but we sincerely appreciate you pointing this out!

  3. Laura says:

    hi, my name is Laura and I’m about to take my first ACT tomorrow!! i’m honestly a little nervous because I just went down the list and i feel like i am the type of person to do better on the SAT. i dont know what tomorrow is going to be like so wish me luck!!

  4. Audrey Kirk says:

    I’m not seeing an embed code for this?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Audrey!

      Thanks for letting us know about this. 🙂 I’ll let our team know so they can look into getting the embed code set up. 😀

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