How to Compare SAT Scores and ACT Scores

On March 13, 2011, in Resources, by admin

Students often take both the SAT and the ACT but can’t tell which score is comparatively higher.  It is confusing, especially since the scoring scale between the two is so dramatically different.  The following is a chart, created by CollegeBoard, that helps you convert one to a rough equivalent of the other.

Bear in mind that the SAT scores shown below represent only the Critical Reading and Math scores (i.e. the 1600 scale) and does not include the scores for the essay portion.  The ACT composite score below also does not include the essay portion.

If you have an SAT score, use the far left column to find your score and then locate the ACT score to which it corresponds.  If you have an ACT score, find your score in the middle column and use the column on the far right to locate the average SAT score to which your ACT score corresponds.

SAT range      ACT      Avg SAT
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

 

Table was created and provided by College Board.

 

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