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Getting to Know the SAT and the ACT

Part 2 of our multi-blog series about the SAT and the ACT is intended to help students and their parents become familiar with the format of each exam. Below is a breakdown of each exam by section.

SAT Exam Format:

SAT Reading - 65 minutes/52 questions

SAT Writing and Language - 35 minutes/44 questions

SAT Math - No Calculator - 25 minutes/20 questions

SAT Math - With Calculator - 55 minutes/38 questions

ACT Exam Format:

ACT English - 45 minutes/75 questions

ACT Math - 60 minutes/60 questions

ACT Reading - 35 minutes/40 questions

ACT Science Reasoning - 35 minutes/40 questions

It's recommended that you take a deeper dive into each section of these exams, as performing well on these exams requires that you are familiar with the types of questions asked in each section of these exams, as well as what content is tested. This is part of the work that we do, whether we are providing private tutoring or facilitating a structured test prep course. Students have told us that knowing these exams has helped them to achieve higher scores.

If you're interested in either private tutoring or a structured test prep course, please visit our website,, or contact us at 508-213-8421. We look forward to helping you and your children with all of their test prep needs.

About the Author:

John Marderosian is the founder, owner, and operator of Innovative Education Solutions. He has more than 15 years of experience improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps, as well as increasing the capacity of teachers to accomplish the same with their students.

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