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SAT/ACT/PSAT

In March 2016, the College Board rolled out the new SAT exam. The University of California faculty have decided to accept both the old and new SAT exam scores from students graduating high school before 2020. Here is some important information for you and your students:  
  • All students currently in 10th through 12th grades (prospective applicants to UC through fall 2019) have the option to submit scores from both the old or new SAT exam.
     
  • For students currently in 9th grade and below (students graduating 2020 and later), UC will only accept the new SAT exam.
     
  • The new SAT examination has an optional essay portion. UC requires all applicants to complete the essay portion of the new SAT.
SAT
ACT
  SAT ACT
Why Take It

Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

Test Structure
  • Reading

  • Writing & Language

  • Math

  • Essay (Optional)

  • English

  • Math

  • Reading

  • Science Reasoning

Essay (Optional)
Length
  • 3 hours (without essay)

  • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)

  • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)

  • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)

Reading

5 reading passages

4 reading passages

Science

None

1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)

Math Covers:
  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra I & II

  • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis

Covers:
  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra I & II

  • Geometry and Trigonometry

Calculator Policy

Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.

You can use a calculator on all math questions.

Essays

Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

How It's Scored

Scored on a scale of 400–1600

Scored on a scale of 1–36

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