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Converting SAT Scores to ACT Scores

Nov 27

Some students will choose to take both the SAT and the ACT when preparing to apply for college.  For that reason, the College Board and the ACT worked together in 2006 to see if there were correlations between the two test scores.

The College Board notes, “The SAT and ACT are different tests, and it is not possible to predict exactly what score a student will get on one test, based solely on the score obtained on the other test. In general, the scores should not be compared.”

The chart below is based on the results of that study and may help to determine which set of scores would be more beneficial for the student to submit.

Concordance Between ACT Composite Score and Sum of SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics Scores

Source:  The College Board

SAT CR+M

(Score Range)

ACT Composite Score

SAT CR+M

(Single Score)

1600

36

1600

1540–1590

35

1560

1490–1530

34

1510

1440–1480

33

1460

1400–1430

32

1420

1360–1390

31

1380

1330–1350

30

1340

1290–1320

29

1300

1250–1280

28

1260

1210–1240

27

1220

1170–1200

26

1190

1130–1160

25

1150

1090–1120

24

1110

1050–1080

23

1070

1020–1040

22

1030

980–1010

21

990

940–970

20

950

900–930

19

910

860–890

18

870

820–850

17

830

770–810

16

790

720–760

15

740

670–710

14

690

620–660

13

640

560–610

12

590

510–550

11

530

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