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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 the 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 to answer the ACT to SAT scores conversion question, 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.)

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 ScoreNew SAT Total Score (400-1600)Old SAT Total Score (600-2400)
3616002390
3515902380
3515802350
3515702330
3515602300
3415502280
3415402260
3415302230
3415202210
3315102190
3315002170
3314902150
3214802130
3214702110
3214602090
3214502080
3114402060
3114302040
3114202020
3014102000
3014001990
3013901970
2913801950
2913701930
2913601920
2913501900
2813401880
2813301870
2813201850
2813101840
2713001820
2712901810
2712801790
2612701780
2612601760
2612501750
2612401730
2512301710
2512201700
2512101680
2512001670
2411901650
2411801640
2411701620
2411601610
2311501590
2311401570
2311301560
2211201540
2211101530
2211001510
2110901490
2110801480
2110701460
2110601450
2010501430
2010401420
2010301400
2010201390
1910101370
1910001360
199901340
199801330
189701310
189601300
189501280
189401270
179301250
179201240
179101220
179001210
168901200
168801180
168701170
168601150
158501140
158401120
158301110
158201090
158101070
148001060
147901040
147801030
147701010
14760990
13750980
13740960
13730950
13720930
12710910
12700900
12690880
12680870
12670860
12660850
12650840
12640830
12630820
11620810
11610800
11600790
11590780
11580770
11570760
11560750
N/A550740
N/A540730
N/A530730
N/A520720
N/A510710
N/A500700
N/A490690
N/A480680
N/A470670
N/A460660
N/A450650
N/A440640
N/A430630
N/A420620
N/A410610
N/A400600

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 Scores 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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Concordance Tables

Wondering what your post-2016 scores “translate” to on the old scale? We have you covered! Here are the concordance tables for new SAT scores (composite and by subject) and old SAT scores.

New SAT Scores to Old SAT Scores (Composite)

New SAT Total Score (400-1600)Old SAT Total Score (600-2400)
400600
410610
420620
430630
440640
450650
460660
470670
480680
490690
500700
510710
520720
530730
540730
550740
560750
570760
580770
590780
600790
610800
620810
630820
640830
650840
660850
670860
680870
690880
700900
710910
720930
730950
740960
750980
760990
7701010
7801030
7901040
8001060
8101070
8201090
8301110
8401120
8501140
8601150
8701170
8801180
8901200
9001210
9101220
9201240
9301250
9401270
9501280
9601300
9701310
9801330
9901340
10001360
10101370
10201390
10301400
10401420
10501430
10601450
10701460
10801480
10901490
11001510
11101530
11201540
11301560
11401570
11501590
11601610
11701620
11801640
11901650
12001670
12101680
12201700
12301710
12401730
12501750
12601760
12701780
12801790
12901810
13001820
13101840
13201850
13301870
13401880
13501900
13601920
13701930
13801950
13901970
14001990
14102000
14202020
14302040
14402060
14502080
14602090
14702110
14802130
14902150
15002170
15102190
15202210
15302230
15402260
15502280
15602300
15702330
15802350
15902370
16002390

New SAT Scores to Old SAT Scores (Math)

New SAT Math Section (200-800)Old SAT Math Section (200-800)
200200
210200
220210
230220
240220
250230
260240
270240
280250
290260
300260
310270
320280
330280
340290
350300
360310
370330
380340
390350
400360
410370
420380
430390
440400
450410
460420
470430
480440
490450
500460
510470
520490
530500
540510
550520
560530
570550
580560
590570
600580
610590
620600
630610
640620
650630
660640
670650
680650
690660
700670
710680
720690
730700
740710
750720
760740
770750
780760
790780
800800

New SAT Scores to Old SAT Scores (Reading)

New SAT Reading Test (10-40)Old SAT Critical Reading Section (200-800)
10200
11210
12220
13240
14250
15260
16270
17280
18310
19340
20370
21380
22400
23420
24440
25460
26480
27500
28520
29530
30550
31570
32590
33610
34640
35660
36680
37700
38720
39760
40790

New SAT Scores to Old SAT Scores (Writing)

New SAT Writing and Language Test (10-40)Old SAT Critical Writing Section (200-800)
10200
11220
12230
13240
14260
15270
16280
17300
18320
19340
20350
21370
22380
23400
24420
25430
26450
27470
28490
29510
30530
31550
32570
33600
34630
35650
36680
37710
38740
39760
40790

New SAT Scores to Old SAT Scores (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing to Writing plus Critical Reading)

New SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section (200-800)Old SAT Writing plus Critical Reading Section (400-1600)
200400
210410
220420
230430
240440
250440
260450
270460
280470
290480
300490
310500
320520
330550
340570
350600
360620
370640
380660
390690
400710
410730
420750
430770
440790
450800
460820
470840
480860
490880
500890
510910
520930
530950
540970
550990
5601010
5701020
5801040
5901060
6001080
6101100
6201120
6301150
6401170
6501190
6601210
6701240
6801260
6901290
7001310
7101340
7201370
7301390
7401420
7501450
7601480
7701510
7801540
7901560
8001590

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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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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