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.

### Take a deeper look for the math section of the SAT®

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)

### Take a deeper look at the math section of the ACT

### 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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