The SAT is an aptitude test and is composed of ten-sections: three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The essay component is mandatory. The test is scored as 200-800 for each subject with 2400 being the highest possible score. The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. Wrong answers are penalized so no wild guessing!
The ACT is curriculum based and is composed of four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science. The essay component is optional. The test is scored as 1-36 with 36 being the highest possible score. The test is approximately 3 hours long (add a half-hour if taking the optional essay component). Wrong answers are not penalized so fill in all answer questions.
The Compass Test is a placement test used by the 2-year colleges. COMPASS is a comprehensive testing system that helps place students into appropriate courses at the 2-year college level. The Compass Test is offered at . Three tests (reading, writing, and math) are required. Plan on 1 1/2 hours to take the tests.