Which one should you take? In recent years, the ACT has become the more popular exam by a small margin, though it didn't always use to be that way. In 2012, 1,666,017 students took the ACT vs 1,664,479 SAT students.
There are advantages and disadvantages to taking both exams. For instance, the Writing section is optional on the ACT and required on the SAT. It is important to point out that average results show that the writing scores on the SAT have been the lowest that they have ever been nationally.
So, which test is easier? There is no concrete proof showing that one test is easier than the other. Each test plays to different strengths, so it may be a good idea to try to gauge which exam may be a better fit for you. People say that the ACT is more straight-forward while the SAT is more tricky. The SAT requires a stronger vocabulary, while the ACT requires to read, process and retain information quickly. There is a long-standing myth that girls tend to do better on the ACT, and boys on the SAT. It is important to know that your gender cannot predict a better outcome on either of these tests.
Here are a few factual differences between the two exams:
All of this information is valid as of now. As we know, major changes are coming to the SAT in 2016 (see my previous blog entry). If you are still having trouble deciding, Kaplan put together this short SAT vs. ACT practice exam with answers so that you can decide which exam is a better fit for you. You can view it here.
Honestly, you can do well on either exam as long as you have the proper preparation.