How to Compare SAT Scores and ACT Scores

Students often take both the SAT and the ACT but can’t tell which score is comparatively higher.  It is confusing, especially since the scoring scale between the two is so dramatically different.  The following is a chart, created by CollegeBoard, that helps you convert one to a rough equivalent of the other.

Bear in mind that the SAT scores shown below represent only the Critical Reading and Math scores (i.e. the 1600 scale) and does not include the scores for the essay portion.  The ACT composite score below also does not include the essay portion.

If you have an SAT score, use the far left column to find your score and then locate the ACT score to which it corresponds.  If you have an ACT score, find your score in the middle column and use the column on the far right to locate the average SAT score to which your ACT score corresponds.

 

Table 1 Concordance between ACT Composite Score and Sum of SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics Scores
SAT CR+M (Score Range)ACT Composite ScoreSAT CR+M (Single Score)
1600361600
1540–1590351560
1490–1530341510
1440–1480331460
1400–1430321420
1360–1390311380
1330–1350301340
1290–1320291300
1250–1280281260
1210–1240271220
1170–1200261190
1130–1160251150
1090–1120241110
1050–1080231070
1020–1040221030
980–101021990
940–97020950
900–93019910
860–89018870
820–85017830
770–81016790
720–76015740
670–71014690
620–66013640
560–61012590
510–55011530
Table 2 Concordance between ACT Combined English/Writing Score and SAT Writing Score
SAT Writing (Score Range)ACT English/Writing ScoreSAT Writing (Single Score)
80036800
80035800
770–79034770
730–76033740
710–72032720
690–70031690
660–68030670
640–65029650
620–63028630
61027610
590–60026590
570–58025570
550–56024550
530–54023530
510–52022510
480–50021490
47020470
450–46019450
430–44018430
410–42017420
390–40016400
38015380
360–37014360
340–35013340
320–33012330
300–31011310

Table was created and provided by College Board.

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