Which test should you take? The SAT
contains three sections: Reading, Math, and Writing and Language. The ACT
contains four sections: Reading, Math, English, and Science. Both also have an optional essay. If students choose one or the other, that's fine, because both tests have value. But if you submit both, that generally gives colleges a little more information.That said, most colleges require EITHER the SAT or ACT, and many offer score choice, allowing you to report only your best scores on either exam. The state of Colorado pays for all 11th grade students to take the SAT each April. The cost of the basic ACT is currently $42.50 and the SAT is $45. Costs will increase if you add the optional essay test, register late, or send your scores to more than 4 schools.