The ACT has more English/Reading than the SAT, but both tests cover the same skills in those subjects. The math on the ACT is higher level, and the ACT includes a science section. Both tests have a short essay.
If your reading comprehension skills are not good, the ACT Science section may be a problem for you. It is pretty dense reading sometimes, and depends more on your ability to comprehend charts/graphs and written explainations than your actual science skills.
Go to your local library and take a practice test in each exam. Whichever one you score highest on (look at percentiles, not percentages) without practice is the test you should focus your efforts on. Then study, study, study! With work you should be able to learn some strategies that will help you raise your score on either test.
ACT is much easier in English and Reading. In fact, overall content is much easier, however, you get shorter time by around 10-20min which I don't think it's a problem. You should take ACT, my recommendation.
You should think of it in this way:
SAT = 2400 points and is made up of 3 sections of which Reading and Writing are 2. This means non-math areas are 2/3rds of the test.
ACT = 36 points and is made up of 4 sections of which Reading and Writing are 2. This means non-math areas are 1/2 of the test.
This means you should take the ACT since it focuses less on English skills.
I would recommend taking an online preparation course like I did because you can then work with people who are in the US and have them help you. I used Prepme.com but there are others as well.
This article contents is post by this website user, EduQnA.com doesn't promise its accuracy.
More Questions & Answers...