The SAT and ACT are standardized tests that serve the same purpose. Both are used by colleges in the United States for admission and merit-based scholarships. They have many similarities and many differences. The SAT was established in 1926. The ACT developed in 1989, and surpassed the SAT in total test takers in 2011. There are some fundamental differences. The ACT assesses how well the test taker mastered the material learned in high school, and the ability to succeed at the college level. The SAT assesses how well the student analyzes and solves problems, as well as college readiness. Which one is right you? Let’s take a look.