The SAT and ACT are significantly different tests, and in many ways, they measure different skills. So depending on your particular strengths and weaknesses, you may perform much better on one test than the other. Admissions officers and educators often describe the difference between SAT and ACT in these terms: the ACT is a content-based test, whereas the SAT tests critical thinking and problem solving.
Beginning in Spring 2016, the SAT will focus on knowledge and skills that are more essential for college and careers. It will be designed to better capture what students have learned in class. Your child might prefer the SAT if he or she:
The ACT leans toward testing what students learn in school. As of late, slightly more high school students have been taking the ACT over the SAT.
Your child might prefer the ACT if he: