"While the SAT is just as popular as ever, more and more students are now taking the ACT.
In fact the ACT just moved past the SAT for the first time ever.
According to The New York Times, 1,666,017 students took the ACT in 2012 – that's about 2,000 more than those who took the SAT.
But that doesn't mean the ACT is overtaking the SAT.
It turns out there's a new trend toward taking both tests, in light of today's college-bound students aiming to put their very best foot forward.
What's more, this trend has students taking their better test a second time… sometimes even a third time.
Breaking Down the SAT and ACT
Keep in mind – today, virtually every college accepts both tests. The SAT is more prevalent at elite universities – but submitting the ACT won’t hurt your chances of admission. (In fact, a number of states now require high school students to take the ACT.)
That said, here is one difference between the ACT and the SAT to consider…
The ACT tries to test knowledge of high school subjects – hence, the questions tend to be considered more straightforward. The SAT, by contrast, attempts to identify reasoning skills.
Rather than just test general knowledge, the SAT tests problem-solving and comprehension. Therefore SAT questions are considered slightly more obtuse than ACT questions."