SAT/ACT Diagnostic Overview

The SAT/ACT Diagnostic consists of eight sections that alternate between the SAT and ACT (excluding the essay). Each section is between 14 and 39 minutes long, and contains the number of questions and sections needed to simulate the pace required on each exam. The student will be tasked with completing 201 exercises in all. The section timing and questions are given below in the order that they appear on the actual diagnostic. Two five-minute breaks are suggested as well.

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The Diagnostic Report

  • Easy-to-read, 9-page report that highlights strengths and weaknesses corresponding to the different exams
  • Extremely beneficial to tutors because it allows them to pinpoint areas of concern
  • Available immediately upon exam completion through your account
  • Front page (seen below) gives an overview of performance and comparison between exams, while subsequent pages dive deeper into a question analysis for each section.

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Further Details

  • Essays are not included on the SAT/ACT Diagnostic.
  • Please remember: The SAT/ACT Diagnostic is designed to help students determine whether they’re better at the ACT or the SAT. It is not designed to generate precise scores that predict how they will do on the actual SAT or ACT. The generated comparison scores reflect how a student did on the diagnostic the day that he or she took the diagnostic.