The SAT, ACT, and TOEFL tests are used to help college admissions officers make fair admissions decisions. The ACT is an achievement test that measures what you've learned in school, while the SAT is an aptitude test of your reasoning and verbal abilities. Most U.S. colleges and universities require that enrolling students have taken the SAT or ACT. International students are usually required to take the TOEFL exam.
|Fast facts about the SATs
- The SATs test your critical reasoning, mathematics, and writing skills.
- Scores range from 600 to 2,400.
- The test takes three hours and 45 minutes.
- The SATs are offered seven times a year in the U.S. and six times a year at international sites.
- It includes multiple choice questions, student-produced responses, and essay questions.
- The SAT takes off for wrong answers.
|Fast facts about the ACTs
- The ACTs test your comprehension of English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing (optional).
- Scores range from 1 to 36 for each section. Your composite score is the average of your four test scores.
- The test takes four hours.
- The ACTs include multiple choice questions.
- The ACTs are offered five times a year across the U.S. and several times a year outside the U.S.
- The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers, with no correction for guessing.
|Fast facts about the TOEFL (The Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- The TOEFL tests non-native English speakers on their ability to use and understand English in an academic setting.
- Grades range from 0 - 120.
- The test covers reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills.
- Each section receives a scaled score from 0 to 30.
- Acceptable scores vary by school. They may be as low as 61 or as high as 100.
- The TOEFL is offered at least 30 times a year and is administered at 4,500 sites in 165 countries.
- The test takes about 4 hours to complete.