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Colleges accept both tests equally, so the choice is up to you! Here's what you need to know to compare the exams.


Math, Reading, Writing/Language, optional essay

Math, Reading, English, Science, optional essay
LENGTH 3 hours (without essay) 3 hours, 35 mins (without essay)
READING 5 Reading passages 4 Reading passages


None 1 Science section – testing critical thinking skills
MATH Arithmetic, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Data Analysis Arithmetic, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry
TOOLS Some math questions don't allow use of calculator Calculator allowed for all math questions
ESSAYS Optional – tests comprehension of a source text Optional – tests how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues
SCORE Scored on a scale of 400-1600. Average score is 1050-1060. Scored on a scale of 1-36. Average score is 20.8.

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