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Comparing Digital SAT and ACT Scores

The digital SAT has arrived and with it questions about how digital SAT and paper ACT scores compare. Good news: the official concordance tables for the paper SAT and ACT can still be used for the digital SAT and ACT.

Compass has developed easy-to-use tools to help you compare your scores and make informed decisions about test prep. Use the Compass concordance tool below to quickly access your converted score.

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 need to take a practice test of each test. You can use our comparison tool or graph below. The graph and tables are also available as a handy PDF download.

What about the PSAT?

Because the digital PSAT and digital SAT are vertically aligned, meaning the scores exist at different ranges on the same scale, these tools can also be used to compare your PSAT and ACT scores to determine if the SAT or ACT is a better test for you.

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.

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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.


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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.



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.