The NEW SAT has arrived (as of March, 2016)

Many students (and their parents!) are wondering whether this test, or the ACT, will be the better choice to showcase a student’s strengths. Our diagnostic test is a great way to help you decide which test is best.

Composition Of The 3-Hour Diagnostic Exam

The SAT/ACT Diagnostic consists of seven sections – the three sections on the SAT, plus the four sections on the ACT, excluding the essay, and will help you decide whether your child is better at the ACT or the SAT. Each section is between 20 and 27 minutes long, and contains the number of questions and sections needed to simulate the pace required on each exam. The student will be tasked with completing 202 exercises in all.

SAT Sections

Section
Questions
Minutes
English/Writing/Grammer
35
25
Mathematics
20
25
Reading
24
25
Science
N/A
N/A
Totals
79
75

ACT Sections

Section
Questions
Minutes
English/Writing/Grammer
45
27
Mathematics
25
25
Reading
30
27
Science
23
21
Totals
123
100

Essays are not included on the SAT/ACT Diagnostic. There is rarely a significant difference in a student’s SAT essay score and their ACT essay score, and thus we have found it unnecessary to include an essay on the exam. Please remember: the SAT/ACT Diagnostic was designed to help students determine whether they’re better at the ACT or the SAT. It was not designed to generate precise scores that predict how they will do on the actual SAT or ACT. The generated comparison scores reflect how a student did on the diagnostic the day that he or she took it. After answer sheets are submitted to us, scores are usually available within 48 hours.

Call our office for more information, or to schedule your diagnostic exam.

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