Now that all US colleges are finally both SAT and ACT friendly (yeah, it took a while), many students find themselves quite torn over not only which test to take, but more fundamentally how to even compare two such disparate tests. Well admittedly it’s a bit complicated as the scores are calculated based on different parts of different tests. Below you’ll find the concordance chart that seems to be agreed upon by both ACT and College Board.
SAT/ACT Score Conversion Chart
|ACT Composite Score||SAT Critical Reasoning and Math||ACT English/Writing Score||SAT Writing|
So hopefully that clarifies any confusion you may have when converting SAT scores to ACT scores.
This is essentially the same table that all the schools you’re applying to will look at when they receive your scores. In the not-so-distant past, these concordance charts didn’t exactly mean much because the schools seemed to be biased geographically toward one test or another.
Luckily for you and all future applicants, that ACT/SAT bias has faded for the most part and now tests are looked upon about as evenly as two different tests can be. So that means you’re pretty solid footing, and the only thing left to decide is which test plays to your strengths. Choosing the right test for you can be a make-it-or-break-it decision and I don’t think you should take it lightly.
There’s a lot to consider when making that nerve-wracking decision, and if you’re stuck, I recommend you check out the following blog to help you out: SAT vs ACT. Of course, if you’ve got the time and resources, you can always take both.
In fact, many students find that, after taking both tests and using the SAT/ACT score conversion chart, their scores are approximately the same on both tests. Go figure.