You’ve prepped for the ACT, dedicated a Saturday to taking the test, and received your score report. Now you're wondering how you would have scored on the SAT instead. Can you convert your scores between the SAT and ACT?
In March 2016, the College Board (creator of the SAT) released concordance tables to help admissions officers compare SAT and ACT scores during the admission process. You can use our tools to convert your ACT scores to SAT scores or convert your SAT scores to ACT scores. Scroll down for a look at the underlying data on the SAT to ACT conversion chart.
ACT to SAT Score Calculator
Input your ACT score to see how well you might do on the SAT.
SAT to ACT Score Calculator
Input your SAT score to see how well you might do on the ACT.
ACT to SAT Conversion Table
You can see composite SAT/ACT score concordance data below.
Should I Take the ACT or SAT?
If a college's admissions policy indicates that they accept scores from either test, you can be certain that the school does not favor one over the other. Check out SAT vs ACT for an overview of the differences between the exams or take our handy SAT or ACT QUIZ. An increasing number of students consider taking both exams.
The best way to determine which test will best reflect your academic potential is to do a trial run of both exams. We offer free practice tests for both the SAT and ACT under the same testing conditions as the actual exams.Our awesome test prep experts will help you understand your personalized score report and make a plan for getting the score you want.
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Many college applicants take both the SAT and ACT for admission. This trend might be more visible this year thanks to the confusion surrounding the new SAT. For students taking both the exams, it would make sense to submit the best score for admission. Thankfully, College Board and the ATC have put out concordance tables which offer a good comparison between both the exams.
In the SAT-ACT concordance tables shown below, you will see that a range of SAT scores along with a single score is concorded to a single ACT score point. That is simply because SAT has more score points than the SAT. The single SAT score point aids in direct comparison with corresponding ACT score point.
Also, you will see two tables below. That is because the ACT composite score does not account for the ACT writing test score. So, students who do not opt for the ACT writing test can use the first table. For applicants who have taken the ACT writing, use both the tables and add the scores to get a concorded score on the SAT 600-2400 scale.
Bear in mind the ACT and SAT are two very different exams. While the ACT is more focused on academic achievements in high school, SAT stresses in general skills in verbal and quantitative reasoning. There is no real way to equate both the exams or their scores. Understand that the tables below do not equate scores, but provide a useful tool to find comparable scores.
|SAT Critical Reading + Mathematics (Score Range)||ACT Composite Score||SAT Critical Reading + Mathematics (Single Score)|
|SAT Writing (Score Range)||ACT English/Writing Score||SAT Writing (Single Score)|
(Source: College Board)
SAT College Board