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Thomas Broderick

Old SAT to New SAT Reading Score Conversion Table

Hello Magooshers. Mr. B back with, you guessed it, another SAT conversation table. This time we’re talking about the Reading Test, which as you can see below, has undergone quite a change to its scoring system. Once you’ve converted your scores, be sure to check out ACT to New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart for more information on how to convert scores between different standardized tests.

 

Old SAT Critical Reading Section (200-800)New SAT Reading Test (10-40)
20010
21011
22012
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30018
31018
32018
33019
34019
35019
36020
37020
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39021
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69037
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74038
75039
76039
77039
78040
79040
80040

Why the change?

In part of its goal to revamp the SAT, the College Board has made the test more applicable to students’ classroom experiences and future careers. This change is evident in the Reading Test in the following ways:

  • All questions are based on reading passages.
  • Students are asked to compare passages.
  • Students are asked to compare a passage to a graphic.
  • No prior knowledge (ex: vocabulary words) is tested.

Passage Types: Because of the connection to the ‘real world,’ the passages that SAT asks you to read will feature world literature, a U.S. founding document, a social sciences document, and a science document. In this way the new SAT resembles the current ACT Reading Test.

How the Test Is Measuring Your Skills/Abilities:

  • “Command of Evidence”
    • This question type asks you to:
      • Find the best evidence that supports a conclusion.
      • Pinpoint evidence that the author uses to support his or her claims.
      • Discover the relationship between a passage and a corresponding graphic.
  • “Words in Context”
    • Use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word.
    • Figure out how word choice affects the author’s tone and style.
  • “Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science”
    • For these reading questions, no matter the exact topic, you will be asked to do the following:
      • Interpret information.
      • Analyze the author’s hypothesis.
      • Consider the greater implications of the passage.

Well, that’s all for now, Magooshers. Besides your normal study routine, don’t forget to read a little for fun, too. After all, everything helps. 🙂

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About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.


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