John has worked with a lot of kids on the ACT and SAT, and describes his rule of thumb:
1) A student is bright but doesn’t work very hard. He or she is very verbal and loves puzzles. Suggest the SAT.
2) A student works really hard and learns a lot, but has trouble with tests. Suggest the ACT.
3) A student fits neither profile, and you need to make a quick decision. Suggest ACT if a girl and SAT if a guy.