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English/Writing: The ACT was far more punctuation-focused than I expected, and they had more subjective questions about the passage as a whole than I had anticipated.
Math: I felt much more crunched for time on the ACT, which was mostly a product of my lack of preparation. The questions were certainly different in style than those of the SAT: they were indeed more straightforward application of concepts than the SAT's more reasoning-dependent questions.
Reading/Critical Reading: The names of these sections are more appropriate than I expected. The SAT truly does require test-takers to synthesize and interpret much more than does the ACT. There were quite a few questions that were mere paraphrases of the original text. I think that the SAT does a better job of walking the fine line between straight-from-the-text answers and overly subjective and unsupportable answers. The vocabulary section from the SAT wasn't missed much, though.
Science: I'm not quite sure yet how I feel about whether this section should be on the test. Although I am sure I could improve my efficiency with preparation, seven passages felt like too much today for the time allotted.
2390 with lots of studying on the SAT
36 on the ACT without prep...so...I think I like the ACT better haha
Similar to my situation: 2400 on the SAT while being very familiar with the test, and 36 on the ACT with no preparation (I just found out the latter today and was quite shocked).