New Concordance Tables Have Arrived

ACT and College Board release new version of tool to compare scores on ACT and SAT.

June 18, 2018

For years, some high school students have taken both the ACT and the SAT, hoping that a score on one test will seem stronger than the other. For admissions officials (as well as for scholarship organizations or others that use testing in evaluating candidates), the rivals ACT and College Board produce what they call a "concordance" tool showing equivalent scores on the two tests.

That's not an easy task, given that the ACT covers some subjects not on the SAT, and the scoring ranges are quite different, with 1600 being a perfect SAT score (leaving aside writing) and a 36 being a perfect ACT score.

With the introduction of a new version of the SAT in 2016, the testing groups have been working to produce a new concordance table, which is done by examining scores of students who take both exams. They released the new tables last week. The tables tend to help high school students strategize about which scores to submit, since many students do better on one test than the tables would predict.

Here are links to the tables, as released by the College Board and the ACT.


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