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The ACT is another standardized test used by colleges to make admissions decisions. The ACT is administered by ACT, a non-profit organization of the same name. The ACT consists of 3 tests – English, Math, Reading and Science – for a total test length of 2 hours and 55 minutes. Scores fall between 1 and 36. The ACT has remained the same for many years, and there are no current plans to follow the SAT to the digital platform. All colleges and universities in the US accept both the SAT and the ACT. 

Key differences between the SAT and ACT include more questions on the ACT vs. the SAT, less time per question, plus a science section on the ACT. Click here to read how to choose between the SAT and ACT.

The ACT exam is offered nationally in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. 

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