<p>I am an undergraduate and I just finished my first year at college. I do not remember which test was harder, but I do know my scores.
ACT - Composite 28, Science 26, Math 27, English 34, Reading 26
SAT - Math 650, English 610 </p>
<p>I've heard a lot of people say that the SAT is easier, but I liked the ACT. It was not overly hard to me. I only took each test once, and I never studied. Definately try both, that was my strategy, try both since the school uses the scores that are better. </p>
<p>Studying for the ACT/SAT should never really be an issue, it's a big test over everything you've taken in high school. The best "studying" you could do for those tests is tutor younger kids in your high school. Offer help for freshman classes that you need to practice on for the ACT/SAT. You get to study, you make a little money, and you help a stuggling freshman through a rough class. Also, read as much as possible, a lot of both tests is vocabulary and that is one of the toughest parts. Spend your time this summer working a part-time job and save your money so you can pay for your books and what financial aid doesn't cover, and make many many trips to your public library. Read anything at all, well obviously anything on your level or a little difficult for you, so that there are new words you might have to use the dictionary to look up. If you aren't 100% sure of the definition look it up. Those are the best study tips for those tests I can give you. </p>
<p>As for other ways to get money for college, which may not be concerning you yet, but come next May/June when you graduate believe me it will (My bill for next year is nearly $19,000 which is $2,000 more than it was this year), you should really check out Fastweb.com. They have a lot of scholarships, including one that requires an essay on the book Atlas Shrugged(which is why I started mentioning this, More Reading!). It is 1200pgs, but the scholarship, if you win the grand prize, is worth $15,000, which would pay for almost all of one year of school.</p>
<p>Best of luck to you in your college search and test taking!</p>