Myth: The SAT is Harder than the ACT

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There seems to be a common myth perpetuated that the ACT is the easier of the two entrance exams. Perhaps it goes hand in hand with the myth that more elite schools favor the SAT over the ACT (also not true). Another factor in spreading this myth might be the fact that the east and west coasts prefer taking the SAT whereas the Midwest largely prefers the ACT—but that’s more a factor of the origins of each test rather than the difficulty associated with either.

Long story short: no test is easier than the other. Colleges do not prefer one over the other. However, an individual student might find that one is “easier” than the other because they’re more well-suited to take it than the other. For example: a student who is good at reading and critical thinking might opt to take the SAT. A student who is more comfortable with charts, graphs, and up-front data might do better on the ACT.

So, while a student might feel that one is harder than the other, it’s not because the SAT is inherently more difficult than the ACT, it’s due to where that particular student’s talents lie. To discover which test you should take, read our article breaking the two down here!

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Allison Wignall

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