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ACT to New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

If you are currently studying for the SAT or ACT (or making decisions about whether you should take the ACT vs the SAT), chances are you are stuck in the middle of fthe old SAT to new Redesigned SAT transition. If you’ve already taken the ACT or previous SAT and are eyeing the new SAT, or if you’ve taken practice tests of the ACT and new SAT and want to see which test you might do better on, you probably want to know how your scores compare.

Unfortunately, comparing scores is not as easy as it might sound with all the changes in the tests.

So we’ve created this ACT to New SAT to Old SAT score conversion chart!


This information is HOT OFF THE PRESSES: just released by the College Board on May 9, 2016 and it is official information from the College Board. Note that it is not official information from the ACT, but we will update this chart if the ACT releases an official chart as well or if the College Board and ACT work together on one. (You can see our previous estimated score ranges chart at the bottom of this post.)

  • If you’re wondering why all the lines aren’t filled in for the ACT, well, that’s because there are far larger jumps between ACT scores than SAT scores. So if your SAT score falls between the ACT scores in the column below, you can assume your equivalent ACT score would be between those two scores. Colleges and universities don’t have any more information than what you have on the chart below, so they would also make this assumption.

    This means, for example, that anything between a 1570 and 1600 on the new SAT would be viewed as a 35-36 on the ACT, or that anything between a 1030 and 1070 on the new SAT would be viewed as a 20-21 on the ACT.

 
We’ve only included official data points from the College Board on our chart so as to present the most accurate information available.

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    ACT to Old SAT to New SAT Total Score


    Hint: You can also type in your score into the search box to pull up the relevant line.
    ACT Composite ScoreOld SAT Total Score
    (600-2400)
    New SAT Total Score
    (400-1600)
     
    600400
    610410
    620420
    630430
    640440
    650450
    660460
    670470
    680480
    690490
    700500
    710510
    720520
    730530
    740540
    750550
    760560
    770580
    11780590
    790600
    800610
    810620
    820630
    830640
    840650
    850660
    860670
    12870680
    880690
    890690
    900700
    910710
    920710
    930720
    940730
    950730
    13960740
    13970740
    980750
    990760
    1000760
    1010770
    141020780
    141030780
    1040790
    1050800
    1060800
    1070810
    1080810
    1090820
    151100830
    151110830
    1120840
    1130850
    1140850
    1150860
    161160870
    161170870
    1180880
    1190890
    1200890
    1210900
    171220910
    171230910
    1240920
    1250930
    1260930
    1270940
    181280950
    181290950
    1300960
    1310970
    1320980
    1330980
    191340990
    13501000
    13601000
    13701010
    13801020
    13901020
    2014001030
    2014101030
    14201040
    14301050
    14401050
    14501060
    2114601070
    2114701070
    14801080
    14901090
    15001090
    15101100
    2215201110
    2215301110
    15401120
    15501120
    15601130
    2315701140
    2315801140
    15901150
    16001160
    16101160
    16201170
    2416301180
    2416401180
    16501190
    16601200
    16701200
    16801210
    16901210
    2517001220
    17101230
    17201230
    17301240
    17401250
    17501250
    2617601260
    17701270
    17801270
    17901280
    2718001290
    2718101290
    18201300
    18301300
    18401310
    2818501320
    2818601320
    18701330
    18801340
    18901340
    19001350
    19101350
    2919201360
    19301370
    19401370
    19501380
    19601380
    19701390
    3019801400
    3019901400
    20001410
    20101410
    20201420
    3120301430
    3120401430
    20501440
    20601440
    20701450
    20801450
    20901460
    3221001470
    3221101470
    21201480
    21301480
    21401490
    21501490
    3321601500
    3321701500
    21801510
    21901510
    22001510
    22101520
    22201520
    22301530
    22401530
    3422501540
    3422601540
    22701550
    22801550
    22901550
    23001560
    23101560
    3523201570
    3523301570
    23401580
    23501580
    23601590
    23701590
    23801590
    3623901600
    3624001600

    We also recommend the official College Board Score Converter app, which will allow you to plug in your scores and see various equivalents across the old SAT, new SAT, and ACT, both for total scores and for section scores.
     
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    Previous ACT to SAT Score Converter Table


    These numbers are based on the prior 2015 ACT to SAT concordance tables released by the College Board and ACT that convert ACT scores to SAT scores on both the 1600 and 2400 scale. See the chart above for the most recent, accurate information.
     

    ACT New SAT (starting March 2016) Old SAT (before March 2016)
    36 1600 2380-2400
    35 1540-1590 2290-2370
    34 1490-1530 2220-2280
    33 1440-1480 2140-2210
    32 1400-1430 2080-2130
    31 1360-1390 2020-2070
    30 1330-1350 1980-2010
    29 1290-1320 1920-1970
    28 1250-1280 1860-1910
    27 1210-1240 1800-1850
    26 1170-1200 1740-1790
    25 1130-1160 1680-1730
    24 1090-1120 1620-1670
    23 1050-1080 1560-1610
    22 1020-1040 1510-1550
    21 980-1010 1450-1500
    20 940-970 1390-1440
    19 900-930 1330-1380
    18 860-890 1270-1320
    17 820-850 1210-1260
    16 770-810 1140-1200
    15 720-760 1060-1130
    14 670-710 990-1050
    13 620-660 910-980
    12 560-610 820-900
    11 510-550 750-810

     

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About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's sites are full of awesome, free resources that can be found by students prepping for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agony and bliss of trail running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.


6 Responses to “ACT to New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart”

  1. Jessica says:

    Hello! I am currently a Senior in high school who achieved a 29 on the ACT and a 1400 on the SAT over the summer. I was wondering if a 1400 on the SAT is valued more than a 29 on the ACT? Should I even worry about retaking either test? According to the chart above, my SAT score was equivalent to a 30 on the ACT. Does that mean that I performed better on the SAT?
    Sincerely,
    A confused high-schooler

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Jessica,

      When we compare the overall measures, yes, the 1400 will be similar to a 30 on the ACT and this could potentially mean you did a little better on the SAT, but it isn’t actually that simple. You should also look at your percentile achievement for the skills broken apart, though (this would be on your test reports). If one test shows you are much better at math and the other shows a more even distribution of skills, you’ll have to decide which one is better for your application.

      Having two strong scores can also help you because you are in a position to see if one of your scores is more persuasive at a university than another. When I was preparing for my college applications, I didn’t even have to take the SAT because my PSAT and ACT scores were more than enough proof for the universities I wanted to apply to. Take some time to find out what the average admitted student has gotten on the tests (only at the unis you care about!) and decide if these are enough to get you in. In any case, I think you are in a strong position, Jessica! 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi! I am a junior in high school and I got a 34 composite on the ACT, but my math score was far lower than the other areas. I got a 29 in math, but got 36s in reading and English. Would you recommend retaking the ACT to try to improve my math, or should just accept my current score because the composite is good. Thank you so much!

    – Sarah

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Ultimately that choice comes down to how you feel about it and what you’re trying to do in university. There are plenty of places where your scores are more than enough to get you where you want to go! But if you have a specific path of study that requires you to get a higher math score, then you would be better off retaking the exam. If you have an admissions counselor available to ask advice from, too, I highly recommend that! 🙂

  3. Sarah says:

    Are these ACT and SAT scores intended to be somewhat equivalent to PSAT/NMSQT scores as well? I scored 1400 on the PSAT/NMSQT and 30 on ACT, and am about to take the SAT. Does this mean I’ll get another score of roughly 1400?

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      You’ve got it exactly right. A 1400 on the PSAT and a 30 on the ACT both roughly correspond to a 1400 on the new SAT. So you’ll likely get a score in that range– or near it– if you are about to take the SAT.

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