NEW! College Board and ACT have released official concordance tables to convert SAT and ACT scores. Compass has developed easy-to-use tools to help you compare your scores and make informed decisions about test prep. Use the Compass concordance widget below to quickly access your newly converted score.

Below, you’ll find an overview of how the new concordance affects scores, widgets for comparing and converting scores between the SAT and ACT, downloadable PDFs of our comparison graphs and tables, and the new concordance tables themselves.

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Interested in learning more about why these changes occurred, how they affect your score, and what we expect colleges to do with the new tables?

Changes to the Concordance

The new SAT and ACT concordance has little impact on the scores of students who scored in the middle ranges. Most high-scoring SAT test takers will be pleased to find that their ACT score is a point higher when they convert with the new concordance. That means, however, that high-scoring ACT students will now see a lower SAT score when they convert with the new concordance. Roughly 70% of students in the upper range are affected. In brief:

Click to view detailed tables for the exact concordance values at your SAT score.

SAT to ACT – How Things Changed

If you took the SAT, find your score in the first column. The second column is your converted ACT score with the new concordance; the third is your converted ACT score with the old, 2016 concordance. The change in ACT points from old to new concordance is listed in the final column.

SAT ACT (2018) ACT (2016) Change
1600 36 36 0
1590 36 35 +1
1580 36 35 +1
1570 36 35 +1
1560 35 35 0
1550 35 34 +1
1540 35 34 +1
1530 35 34 +1
1520 34 34 0
1510 34 33 +1
1500 34 33 +1
1490 34 33 +1
1480 33 32 +1
1470 33 32 +1
1460 33 32 +1
1450 33 32 +1
1440 32 31 +1
1430 32 31 +1
1420 32 31 +1
1410 31 30 +1
1400 31 30 +1
1390 31 30 +1
1380 30 29 +1
1370 30 29 +1
1360 30 29 +1
1350 29 29 0
1340 29 28 +1
1330 29 28 +1
1320 28 28 0
1310 28 28 0
1300 28 27 +1
1290 27 27 0
1280 27 27 0
1270 27 26 +1
1260 27 26 +1
1250 26 26 0
1240 26 26 0
1230 26 25 +1
1220 25 25 0
1210 25 25 0
1200 25 25 0
1190 24 24 0
1180 24 24 0
1170 24 24 0
1160 24 24 0
1150 23 23 0
1140 23 23 0
1130 23 23 0
1120 22 22 0
1110 22 22 0
1100 22 22 0
1090 21 21 0
1080 21 21 0
1070 21 21 0
1060 21 21 0
1050 20 20 0
1040 20 20 0
1030 20 20 0
1020 19 20 -1
1010 19 19 0
1000 19 19 0
990 19 19 0
980 18 19 -1
970 18 18 0
960 18 18 0
950 17 18 -1
940 17 18 -1
930 17 17 0
920 17 17 0
910 16 17 -1
900 16 17 -1
890 16 16 0
880 16 16 0
870 15 16 -1
860 15 16 -1
850 15 15 0
840 15 15 0
830 15 15 0
820 14 15 -1
810 14 15 -1
800 14 14 0
790 14 14 0
780 14 14 0
770 13 14 -1
760 13 14 -1
750 13 13 0
740 13 13 0
730 13 13 0
720 12 13 -1
710 12 12 0
700 12 12 0
690 12 12 0
680 11 12 -1
670 11 12 -1
660 11 12 -1
650 11 12 -1
640 10 12 -2
630 10 12 -2
620 10 11 -1
610 9 11 -2
600 9 11 -2
590 9 11 -2

Click to view detailed tables for the exact concordance values at your ACT score.

ACT to SAT – How Things Changed

If you took the ACT, find your score in the first column. The second column is your converted SAT score with the new concordance; the third is your converted SAT score with the old, 2016 concordance. The change in SAT points from old to new concordance is listed in the final column. Scorers at the ends of the range tended to be more affected by the new concordance than those in the middle.

ACT SAT (2018) SAT (2016) Change
36 1590 1600 -10
35 1540 1570 -30
34 1500 1540 -40
33 1460 1500 -40
32 1430 1470 -40
31 1400 1430 -30
30 1370 1400 -30
29 1340 1360 -20
28 1310 1320 -10
27 1280 1290 -10
26 1240 1260 -20
25 1210 1220 -10
24 1180 1180 0
23 1140 1140 0
22 1110 1110 0
21 1080 1070 +10
20 1040 1030 +10
19 1010 990 +20
18 970 950 +20
17 930 910 +20
16 890 870 +20
15 850 830 +20
14 800 780 +20
13 760 740 +20
12 710 680 +30
11 670 590 +80
10 630
9 590

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 can use our comparison tool or graph below. The graph and tables are also available as a handy PDF download.

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.

Download a PDF of This Resource

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.

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.

SAT to ACT

ACT to SAT

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.

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