My school pushes the ACT over the SAT by a lot, and never even mentions the SAT.
I just took the PSAT and found it easier than the ACT by a lot. I also just liked it better in general. It's less stressful on time, and there's no science section. The ACT mentally drains me, but the PSAT was a walk in the park. I'm not saying I probably did perfect, because I probably didn't, but generally, I liked it better than the ACT.
I understand that the PSAT is a practice version of the SAT, meaning it's easier, and also qualifies students for national merit.
Still, I am starting to become more interested in the SAT.
I'm not 100% which colleges I want to go to - whether it be something in-state that anything above a 30 on the ACT could pay my way into, or a more selective school up north. As I said, where I live, ACT is preferred, but I'm not necessarily going to attend college around where I live.
I know both tests are accepted everywhere, but I want to know - are there any benefits for taking both? Not just 'trying out' the SAT and mainly focusing on my ACT score, but focusing equally on both at different parts of the year, dedicating time and effort into both exams. I am already confident in my ACT skills that I can reach a composite of a 30. My practice tests have been hovering in the 30-33 range, and the last schoolday ACT I took I felt very confident about. So, if I reach my target score of at least a 32/33, I could start focusing more on the SAT. Is this worth my time? Does taking both and doing good on both give me any advantages over just doing good on one?