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What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring

what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

The ACT has up to 5 components: English,

Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.


College Board introduced a new version of the SAT in 2005, with a mandatory writing test. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing

test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to.

The SAT has a correction for guessing.

That is, they take off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

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Sixth Graders Visit Highlands for Science Day ​Sixth grade students from West Las Vegas Middle School watch a chemistry demonstration by Gabriel Lovato, left, for a STEM Day at Highlands Nov. 12. Lovato is a senior pre-health major from Las Vegas, New Mexico, and a member of the university’s American Chemical Society chapter. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. ARMAS scholars, led by organic chemistry professor Brooks Maki, organized the event. ARMAS is the university’s award-winning Achieving in Research, Math and Science program. Its scholars earn scholarships for academic excellence that are funded through the National Science Foundation.



​How Do I Sign Up for the ACT?

Online registration is the fastest method. You will know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test, and you also can print your admission ticket from the website. How you sign up depends on where and how you plan to test: please click online registration in red for how to register.


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