The Tests and How They're Different
The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is an exam designed to test students on their ability to learn. Don't ask me how they measure that, just know that it's different from the ACT. This test is broken into three sections:
The scoring system is fairly simple. They give you one score for the Reading/Writing section, one score for the Math section, and add them up, with the high possible score being 1600. The Essay score is treated alone, and is broken into three categories each scored from 2 to 8.
*Lots of colleges do something called "Super Scoring". This means that if you take the test more than once, colleges will look at the best scores from each test and use those instead. This is why you want to take the test more than once!