We’re providing concordance tools to help college admission officers and others compare scores on the redesigned SAT with those on the old SAT, given before March 2016. Because the two tests are different, their scores are not equivalent — concordance is the only way to make comparisons between them.
We’re also working closely with the NCAA, the NAIA, the Common Data Set Initiative, and the U.S. Department of Education on their use of concordance tables.
Concordance Tools and Tables
Designed especially for students and counselors, the SAT Score Converter online tool and mobile app concord scores for individual students.
The large-scale SAT concordance tools allow institutions to concord a large number of scores quickly. They are both MS Excel spreadsheets and contain detailed instructions on the first tab of the document:
- Use the Large-Scale SAT Concordance Tool (Electronic Score Reports) (.zip/411 KB) to concord scores using the higher education electronic score reports (ESR).
- Use the Large-Scale SAT Concordance Tool (Institution Generated Files) (.zip/314 KB) for direct data entry and to copy/paste from campus system-generated files.
Concordance Tables and Guide
- SAT Concordance Tables for Higher Education (.pdf/656 KB)
- Concordance Tables: New SAT Scores to Old SAT Scores (.xlsx/46.6 KB)
- Concordance Tables: Old SAT Scores to New SAT Scores (.xlsx/46.2 KB)
- Installment 3: Guide to Concordance (Fall 2015) (.pdf/723.63 KB)
Using Concordance Tables
Concordance tables support these essential campus uses:
- Comparing scores on the redesigned SAT to the old SAT and the ACT for admission and placement purposes
- Determining a policy score on the redesigned SAT that is comparable to an established policy score
- Converting scores for use in a predictive model or index
- Converting scores for use in internal and external reports
- Use concordance tables consistently to ensure equity in the admission process.
- You may find that concorded total scores do not equal the sum of concorded section scores; this is common and expected.
- Since most students in the high school class of 2016 submitted old SAT scores, most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores for this cohort.
- Since most students in the high school class of 2017 will submit new SAT scores, most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores for this cohort.
- Both 2400 total and 1600 total concordance tables are provided since some colleges consider all three sections of the old SAT while others consider only two (Critical Reading and Mathematics).
- Because the new SAT tests both reading and writing in one section, there’s no concordance table from the new SAT’s Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section to the old SAT’s Critical Reading section. Instead, compare these sections by concording a combination of the old SAT’s Writing section and Critical Reading section to the new SAT’s ERW section.
Higher education professionals need concordance tables at the total, section, and test levels. To ensure the highest degree of accuracy, we’re providing two tables for each concorded score pair, allowing institutions to convert scores in both directions.
|Table 1||New SAT to Old SAT (Total 2400)|
|Table 2||New SAT to Old SAT (Total 1600)|
|Table 3||New SAT Math Section to Old SAT Math Section|
|Table 4||New SAT Writing and Language Test to Old SAT Writing Section|
|Table 5||New SAT Reading Test to Old SAT Critical Reading Section|
|Table 6||New SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section to Old SAT Writing plus Critical Reading Sections|
|Table 7||New SAT Total to ACT Composite|
|Table 8||New SAT Writing and Language to ACT English/Writing (pre-2015)|
|Table 9||Old SAT to New SAT (Total 2400)|
|Table 10||Old SAT to New SAT (Total 1600)|
|Table 11||Old SAT Writing plus Critical Reading Sections to New SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section|
|Table 12||Old SAT Math Section to New SAT Math Section to New SAT Math Test|
|Table 13||Old SAT Writing Section to new SAT Writing and Language Test|
|Table 14||Old SAT Critical Reading Section to New SAT Reading Test|
|Table 15||ACT Composite to new SAT Total|
|Table 16||ACT English/Writing (pre-2015) to new SAT Writing and Language|
Developing Concordance Tables
We’re using the Equipercentile Concordance method, which relates scores on each test that have the same percentile rank. In other words, scores on two different tests are considered concorded when they have the same percentile rank. For example, the score at the 75th percentile on the old SAT score distribution would correspond to the score at the 75th percentile of the redesigned SAT score distribution.