The SAT® and ACT® have different structures.
Many students find the ACT® to be easier because:
- All the questions are in a multiple-choice format.
- You can use a calculator for the whole math section.
- The questions are shown in order of difficulty.
However, many students find the Sat® to be easier because:
- The SAT® is shorter because it has two sections instead of one.
- The SAT® math might be easier to conquer than the math of the ACT®
SAT® Math sections:
- The Sat® Math section is divided into two sections, a calculator and a non-calculator section
- The questions are formatted into multiple choice and grid-ins.
- There is no penalty for guessing on the multiple choice questions.
- The questions are not shown in order of difficulty.
- The math section is divided into four sections: heart of algebra, passport to advance math, problem-solving and data analysis, and advanced topics.
Which math should I study for the SAT®?
You should really concentrate on understanding functions, linear equations ( y=mx+ b), solving basic word problems, basic geometry, and data analysis. There are some trigonometric questions for the test, but they are just basic trigonometry (SOHCAHTOA, degrees/radians conversion, understanding angles and its co-terminals (only for the sine and cosine), and understanding the transformation for the sine and cosine functions.
Let’s now understand the ACT® Math section.
ACT® Math Section
- The ACT® Math section has only one section. There are 60 questions in 60 minutes.
- The questions are formatted into multiple choice
- There is no penalty if you guess for the multiple choices.
- The questions are shown in order of difficulty
- The math section is divided into pre-algebra, elementary and Intermedia Algebra, coordinate & plane geometry, and trigonometry.
“Many students find the ACT easier than the SAT because you can use a calculator for the whole math section”
Which Math should I study for the ACT®?
You should really concentrate on Basic and Intermedia Algebra. In addition, the ACT asks some questions about basic trigonometry as well and logarithms (basic ones)
An example of the same question for the SAT vs the ACT
For example, the ACT will ask you: for the following function F(x)=3x+40 find f(2), while the SAT will ask you “A rental car charges 40 dollars a month plus 3 dollars per mile drove. The cost function is C(x) = 3x+ 40, where x is the amount of miles. What is the total cost if the car drove 2 miles in a month?”
Both questions have the same answer, they are both functions.
The ACT is more direct than the SAT for the math section.
How can I decide which test is better?
The best way to decide which test is better is to take a practice test for the SAT and the ACT and see for yourself which one you feel more comfortable.
I hope you have a math day !
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