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Thomas Broderick

Old SAT to New SAT Math Score Conversions

Good morning/afternoon/evening, Magoosh readers. Mr. B here with some important information that you will need to know if you’ve taken both the old and new SAT. The College Board has tweaked the scoring system, so you have a set of old scores and new scores, you might be left scratching your head about the difference. More importantly, you need to know if your new scores really indicate whether or not your score improved, or just a quirk in the new scoring system.

Never fear! The following chart contains the conversions between old SAT to new SAT math scores. While you’re at it, make sure to check out ACT to New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart for more information about converting scores between different standardized tests.

Old SAT Math Section (200-800)New SAT Math Section (200-800)New SAT Math Test (10-40)
20020010
21022011
22023011.5
23025012.5
24026013
25028014
26030015
27031015.5
28033016.5
29034017
30035017.5
31036018
32036018
33037018.5
34038019
35039019.5
36040020
37041020.5
38042021
39043021.5
40044022
41045022.5
42046023
43047023.5
44048024
45049024.5
46050025
47051025.5
48051025.5
49052026
50053026.5
51054027
52055027.5
53056028
54057028.5
55057028.5
56058029
57059029.5
58060030
59061030.5
60062031
61063031.5
62064032
63065032.5
64066033
65067033.5
66069034.5
67070035
68071035.5
69072036
70073036.5
71074037
72075037.5
73076038
74076038
75077038.5
76078039
77078039
78079039.5
79080040
80080040

Why the Change?

Good question. The good news is that the Math you studied in school is still preparing you for the SAT. The biggest changes have to do with the test’s focus. Let’s take a look.

Real World Applications: Math questions on the new SAT are modeled around math/science/social science classes you will take in college, the jobs that you might have in life, and your personal life. Expect to use your Math knowledge in a brand new way.

Focus: SAT Math questions now have three areas of focus:

  • Algebra
  • Data Analysis
  • ‘Passport to Advanced Math,’ which includes much of the Math taught in a second year Algebra course.

Of course, geometry and trigonometry questions still appear on the SAT Math test, but you might notice fewer of these types of questions.

Grid-In Questions: For 22% of all test questions, you provide the answer on your bubble sheet rather than choosing from a list of options. Grid-in questions link back to SAT’s goal to have students use Math in practical ways rather than just answering multiple choice questions.

Well, that’s all for now, Magooshers. Best of luck in getting ready for the SAT!

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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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