Basic Guideline 1: If you have not received at least a grade of 87 in all your high school science classes, we suggest that you carefully consider the difficulty of the Science Section before choosing the ACT.
Basic Guideline 2: If you have difficulty reading, look at a copy of each test. Note that the ACT is word dense, which means that even the answers in the English, Reading, and Science sections contain more words than their equivalent on the SAT.
Basic Guideline 3: Both the SAT and the ACT have a reading comprehension portion of the test. The SAT has five passages to be completed in 65 minutes, which allows approximately 13 minutes to read the passage and answer 10 questions for each passage. On the other hand, the ACT has four passages to be completed in 35 minutes which permits a student to spend approximately 8 ½ minutes to read the passage and also answer 10 questions. RECAP: the SAT gives you a longer amount of time to complete each set of 10 questions. The limited amount of time offered by the ACT (8 ½ minutes) is exacerbated by the fact that the questions are NOT PRESENTED in sequential order.
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