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Comparing SAT and ACT Scores—Official New Concordance

NEW! College Board and ACT have released official concordance tables to convert SAT and ACT scores. Compass has developed easy-to-use tools to help you compare your scores and make informed decisions about test prep. Use the Compass concordance widget below to quickly access your newly converted score.

Below, you’ll find an overview of how the new concordance affects scores, widgets for comparing and converting scores between the SAT and ACT, downloadable PDFs of our comparison graphs and tables, and the new concordance tables themselves.

Click here to watch Compass Co-Founder Adam Ingersoll host a webinar that explains the new concordance and what it means for counselors and families.

 

Download the Compass Prep app for iPhone or Android for even more planning tools for parents, students, and counselors.

Interested in learning more about why these changes occurred, how they affect your score, and what we expect colleges to do with the new tables?

Read the Concordance FAQ

Changes to the Concordance

The new SAT and ACT concordance has little impact on the scores of students who scored in the middle ranges. Most high-scoring SAT test takers will be pleased to find that their ACT scores are a point higher when they convert with the new concordance. That means, however, that high-scoring ACT students will now see lower SAT scores when they convert with the new concordance. Roughly 70% of students in the upper range are affected. In brief:

Click to view detailed tables for the exact concordance values at your SAT score.

SAT to ACT – How Things Changed

If you took the SAT, find your score in the first column. The second column is your converted ACT score with the new concordance; the third is your converted ACT score with the old, 2016 concordance. The change in ACT points from old to new concordance is listed in the final column.

SATACT (2018)ACT (2016)Change
160036360
15903635+1
15803635+1
15703635+1
156035350
15503534+1
15403534+1
15303534+1
152034340
15103433+1
15003433+1
14903433+1
14803332+1
14703332+1
14603332+1
14503332+1
14403231+1
14303231+1
14203231+1
14103130+1
14003130+1
13903130+1
13803029+1
13703029+1
13603029+1
135029290
13402928+1
13302928+1
132028280
131028280
13002827+1
129027270
128027270
12702726+1
12602726+1
125026260
124026260
12302625+1
122025250
121025250
120025250
119024240
118024240
117024240
116024240
115023230
114023230
113023230
112022220
111022220
110022220
109021210
108021210
107021210
106021210
105020200
104020200
103020200
10201920-1
101019190
100019190
99019190
9801819-1
97018180
96018180
9501718-1
9401718-1
93017170
92017170
9101617-1
9001617-1
89016160
88016160
8701516-1
8601516-1
85015150
84015150
83015150
8201415-1
8101415-1
80014140
79014140
78014140
7701314-1
7601314-1
75013130
74013130
73013130
7201213-1
71012120
70012120
69012120
6801112-1
6701112-1
6601112-1
6501112-1
6401012-2
6301012-2
6201011-1
610911-2
600911-2
590911-2

Click to view detailed tables for the exact concordance values at your ACT score.

ACT to SAT – How Things Changed

If you took the ACT, find your score in the first column. The second column is your converted SAT score with the new concordance; the third is your converted SAT score with the old, 2016 concordance. The change in SAT points from old to new concordance is listed in the final column. Scorers at the ends of the range tended to be more affected by the new concordance than those in the middle.

ACTSAT (2018)SAT (2016)Change
3615901600 -10
3515401570-30
3415001540-40
3314601500-40
3214301470-40
3114001430-30
3013701400-30
2913401360-20
2813101320-10
2712801290-10
2612401260-20
2512101220-10
24118011800
23114011400
22111011100
2110801070+10
2010401030+10
191010990+20
18970950+20
17930910+20
16890870+20
15850830+20
14800780+20
13760740+20
12710680+30
11670590+80
10630--
9590--

Compare Your Scores

While a concordance table can tell you what your SAT score maps to on the ACT, it does not indicate whether your SAT scores are significantly stronger than your ACT scores. For that insight, you can use our comparison tool or graph below. The graph and tables are also available as a handy PDF download.

The analysis provided in the widget above is also available in graph and table form below (or access the PDF for easy distribution). Many students will find that their scores intersect somewhere in the “Judgment Call” band, but some may discover that one test is better suited to their strengths.

Download a PDF of This Resource

To use the tables below, find the row with your ACT score in the left column and track right to find the column with your SAT score. This will help you determine whether your scores favor the ACT, SAT, or are so close that you should make a judgment call based on additional information.

 

Download a PDF of This Resource

Concordance Tables

And finally, no set of resources would be complete without the concordance tables from College Board and ACT. In order to see how SAT and ACT scores compare, we have provided the two Total to Composite concordance tables. If you have an SAT score, you can use the first table below to find comparable scores on the ACT. If you have taken the ACT, the second table gives you a score-by-score comparison with the SAT. These tables are also useful when looking at college, scholarship, or NCAA eligibility information.

SAT to ACT

ACT to SAT

College Board and ACT have provided SAT Math to ACT Math concordance tables and SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing to ACT English + Reading (note that the latter is on a 72 point scale instead of 36). To access these tables, please download the PDF of the Compass comparison resource.

Art Sawyer

About Art Sawyer

Art graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he was the top-ranked liberal arts student in his class. Art pioneered the one-on-one approach to test prep in California in 1989 and co-founded Compass Education Group in 2004 in order to bring the best ideas and tutors into students' homes and computers. Although he has attained perfect scores on all flavors of the SAT and ACT, he is routinely beaten in backgammon.

8 Comments

  • Garrett says:

    Hello Art,

    I am a rising senior with a 36 on my ACT (36 in English, Reading, Math, 35 in Science) and a 1580 on my SAT (800 Math, 780 English and Reading). Which test should I favor when applying to colleges this fall? Note: I have taken the ACT five times while I have taken the SAT only once.

    • Art Sawyer says:

      Garrett,
      Congratulations! In your case, I’d be inclined to send both. ACT reports are sent per test date. So unless your 36 is via superscoring or the college requires all scores to be sent, you would only need to send your best results.

  • Pam says:

    Hello Art Sawyer,
    How is it like getting a Act 35 and Sat 1530 scores both with perfect essay,s 12 and 24 .Which score do you suggest to submit for the colleges.Appreciate your reply.

    • Art Sawyer says:

      Pam,
      Wow, I have not seen a lot of perfect essay scores on both exams. The scores are largely interchangeable. I would probably favor the ACT score or submit both.

  • Dan says:

    Art,
    Can you help me figure out which scores to submit? I have a 33 on the ACT (a superscore of 34 from two tests), and an SAT of 1490 (which translates to a 34 under the new system). My counselor thinks I should submit both since each shows my strengths in different ways. Do you agree? Or should I submit the SAT only, since it translates to a 34? Thank you very much!
    Dan

    • Art Sawyer says:

      Dan,
      I tend to defer to counselors unless there is a strong reason to disagree. Counselors, after all, are good folks to have on your side! I don’t see a strong reason to disagree here. The SAT score would be sufficient, but I don’t think the ACT scores would be a negative. If the reporting fees are a concern, I would bypass the ACT.

  • Yolanda says:

    I took the SAT for the first time last month and got 1580 (800 English/Reading) and have not taken the ACT. Based on practice tests, I feel confident I would get a 36 on the ACT, but anything can happen on test day. Is there any reason to think I could help myself by trying for a 36 on the ACT? Thank you.

    • Art Sawyer says:

      Yolanda,
      Getting a 36 on the ACT would not add to your testing profile on top of your 1580 SAT. You did a fabulous job! I recommend that you enjoy it and focus elsewhere.

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