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Why is the ACT so much harder than the SAT's?

ch920425ch920425 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
edited June 2011 in ACT Preparation
I have 700/800/800 on the SAT's superscored (from January and March this year).

I just went to take the ACT today because my counselor told me to try it out.

I felt that the time given was too short for all sections except math. By the time I got to science part, I lost all the motivation and was not able to do half the science questions.

I've had the same amount of prep for both the SAT's and the ACT. I just simply did a couple of practice tests for both tests. However, the ACT felt like it was so much harder because of the amount of time they gave me to do each section. (Read 4 passages and answer 40 questions in 35 minutes? Come on...)

Is it just me, or do other people feel that the SAT's are so much easier than the ACT? I'm expecting like a 20 on the ACT. Should I even bother studying and taking it again in June, or should I just forget about it and stick with my SAT score?

The whole test just made me feel so terrible today...
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Replies to: Why is the ACT so much harder than the SAT's?

  • UVAorBustUVAorBust Registered User Posts: 2,504 Senior Member
    I completly disagree... I got a 1820 first try SAT and am currently aiming for a 30+ my first try act... its easier by far but is all preferance tbh
  • Jersey13Jersey13 Registered User Posts: 4,622 Senior Member
    I think most people usually feel like the ACT is much more straightforward and therefore easier.
  • LingerLinger Registered User Posts: 1,048 Senior Member
    Yes you should definietly just stick with your SAT score. I also completely agree that the SAT is easier (at least for me). Although as I've heard countless times that most people think that the Act is the easier one. I guess we all have our strengths.
  • dukelover87dukelover87 Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    I think the ACT is MUCH easier especially because it doesn't test impossible vocab words that you'd never use in daily conversation.
  • ch920425ch920425 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I don't know... I thought it was easy.. but I just felt that there wasn't enough time...
  • ch920425ch920425 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Everyone told me that ACT was so much easier than the SAT's, so I walked in thinking that I'd get a 36 and.. failed.
  • ollegerolleger Registered User Posts: 1,567 Senior Member
    ^ the ACT is more straightforward and doesn't test as hard of material as the SAT tests (except ACT math has more material than SAT).

    You were simply being nieve. a 36 is only obtained by around 600 people PER YEAR of over 1.5 MILLION people taking it. Next time try studying for it a little and I'm sure you will do fine.
  • ch920425ch920425 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    ^ Are you serious? How many people get 2400's in a year?
  • WiscoKidWiscoKid Registered User Posts: 422 Member
    ACT is knowledge based, SAT is reasoning based. Different people think different tests are easier, based on what they are good on
  • ollegerolleger Registered User Posts: 1,567 Senior Member
    ^^ about 200 get a 2400 per year.


    ... dont know if you are being sarcastic..
  • Jersey13Jersey13 Registered User Posts: 4,622 Senior Member
    Around 300 or so people score a 2400 on the SAT each year out of 1.5 million takers.
  • cornetking222cornetking222 Registered User Posts: 1,002 Senior Member
    ^And a good 15% of them are on this forum.
  • sciencefrenchiesciencefrenchie Registered User Posts: 646 Member
    On the contrary, I think the ACT is much, MUCH easier than the SAT. My ACT in Feb was 35 composite. My SAT in October was 2150. I think there's like a 200 point difference there...
  • RAlec114RAlec114 - Posts: 2,644 Senior Member
    ACT is better for me. Depends on who you are
  • ollegerolleger Registered User Posts: 1,567 Senior Member
    ^^^ Pretty sure more than 15%. For the SAT in January we had 40% or so of the 2400 post on CC.
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