How does the timing differ between the SAT and ACT?
The SAT allows more time per question, but SAT reading and math questions can be somewhat more complex than ACT reading and math questions. The questions on SAT writing and ACT English (both sections cover English grammar and writing) are about equal in difficulty. However, some ACT English questions ask about the entire passage, questions which can require more time than answering a question about a particular underlined portion of a passage.
This table compares the timing of the two exams.
SAT vs ACT Questions and Timing
|No. of Questions||Minutes||Seconds Per Question|
|New SAT Writing (Grammar)||44||35||47|
|ACT English (Grammar)||75||45||36|
|New SAT Math no calculator||20||25||75|
|New SAT Math with calculator||38||55||86|
|ACT Math (all multiple choice)||60||60||60|
|New SAT Reading||52||65||75|
|ACT Reading Passages||40||35||53|
|SAT (No separate science section, but simple science questions appear on other sections)|