What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

SAT Writing vs ACT English: which is easier?

I'm not sure whether to take the SAT or the ACT. I've heard that the writing sections are different in each. Can someone please explain the main differences between SAT Writing and ACT English? Which one do you find easier and why?

7 months ago

Hey! It's normal to feel uncertain about which test to take, as both the SAT writing and ACT English sections have their own unique challenges. I'd be happy to explain the main differences between the two.

The SAT Writing section is more focused on text-based questions that test your knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. These questions require you to read passages and identify errors or weaknesses in the text. The SAT Writing section also includes data interpretation questions, where you have to interpret graphs or charts and choose the correct option that reflects the information accurately.

The ACT English section, on the other hand, is more about testing your understanding of syntax and language usage in context. It focuses on your ability to revise and edit text to make it clearer, more concise, and more logical. The ACT English section might seem easier to some people because sentence structure and transitions are given more weight than grammar rules.

As for which one is easier, it ultimately depends on your individual skills and preferences. Some students find SAT Writing to be more straightforward, while others prefer the context-driven approach of ACT English. If you're unsure which one is right for you, consider taking a few practice tests for both to get a feel for each test's writing/english sections. This will help you figure out which one you feel more comfortable with and which test might suit your strengths better.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your decision.

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.