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SAT to ACT Score Conversion Chart

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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Want to see how your scores on the SAT compare to ACT? The College Board provides concordance tables so students and educators can see how SAT total scores compare to composite ACT scores. You can also use the SAT score conversion chart below if you’ve completed both tests and want to determine which score is better to submit to colleges. These tables can help you gain some insight as you compare your scores to the average student who is admitted to each school on your balanced college list.  

Composite Score vs. Total Score 

So, what is a composite score and what is a total score? Both the SAT and ACT are comprised of different sections. Students who take the ACT are scored in four sections: English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science. The average of these scores is calculated for the composite score. The SAT is calculated as a total score. The Math section has a maximum score of 800. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) has a maximum score of 800. These two scores are added together for the total.

The College Board concordance tables are also broken down by section scores, comparing SAT Math to ACT Math and SAT ERW to ACT English+Reading. 

SAT Score to ACT Score Chart

It’s important to keep in mind that this table cannot accurately predict how you would perform on the other test becausewhile they feature similar content and test similar skills they are not identical. Additionally, various factors can affect your score on test day. Regardless of their limitations, concordance tables are a useful tool for reviewing your standardized test performance. 

SAT Total Score

ACT Composite Score

1570-1600  36
1530-1560 35
1490-1520 34
1450-1480 33
1420-1440 32
1390-1410 31
1360-1380 30
1330-1350 29
1300-1320 28
1260-1290 27
1230-1250 26
1200-1220 25
1160-1190 24
1130-1150 23
1100-1120 22
1060-1090 21
1030-1050 20
990-1020 19
960-980 18
920-950 17
880-910 16
830-870 15
780-820 14
730-770 13
690-720 12
650-680 11
620-640 10
590-610 9

How Are Concordance Tables Used in College Admissions? 

Colleges and universities can use concordance tables for various purposes. For college admissions, these tables can be used to compare standardized test performance between students who took the SAT and those who took the ACT. Since both testing organizations sanction the concordance tables, they are a fair and consistent method for evaluating test performance. However, it’s important to remember that test scores are just one of many factors admissions committees will review — while strong scores will help, the rest of your application needs to be competitive as well.

Still confused about how your score stacks up in the college admissions process? IvyWise tutors are available to help you evaluate your scores, identify areas that need improvement, and more.



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