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The College Board and ACT have collaborated on new concordance tables to help educators compare SAT and ACT scores.

The 2018 tables are now the only official concordance tables between the ACT and the SAT and should be used as the single source of reference when comparing scores on the two tests. These new tables replace the concordance tables that were released in 2016.

Download concordance tables to compare SAT and ACT scores (.pdf/93 KB)
Download the tables in an Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx/40 KB)

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Concordance tables allow higher education professionals, K–12 educators, and students to compare scores between tests that measure similar—but not the same—skills.

SAT and ACT Concordance Tables
Table A1 SAT Total to ACT Composite
Table A2 ACT Composite to SAT Total
Table B1 SAT Math to ACT Math
Table B2 ACT Math to SAT Math
Table C1 SAT ERW to ACT English+Reading
Table C2 ACT English+Reading to SAT ERW

Concordance tables are available within a PDF and an Excel spreadsheet.

Concordance tables support these essential campus uses:

  • Comparing SAT and ACT scores for admission and placement purposes
  • Establishing policies using comparable scores from both tests
  • Converting scores for use in a predictive model or index
  • Converting scores for use in internal and external reports
  • Counselors, districts, and states can use the tables to determine whether students are eligible for awards or scholarship programs.
  • Districts and states can compare and use concordance tables for accountability.
  • Students can use the tables to compare SAT and ACT scores and decide which results to use in college applications.
  • When applying to schools with "middle 50%" score information, students can use concordance tables to better understand their chances of being accepted.

When using the tables, higher education professionals should keep the following limitations in mind:

  • A concorded score is not a perfect prediction of how a student would perform on the other test.
  • Concorded scores should be interpreted as the scores with the same rank within a group of students who take the tests at approximately the same time.
  • Tables shouldn't be used to convert aggregate scores (e.g., mean, median, ranges), as this could introduce errors.
  • Institutions should avoid making decisions based solely on a concorded score, instead using multiple reliable and valid measures when making decisions.
  • Institutions should not superscore across the SAT and ACT tests. Combining different section scores from the ACT and the SAT into a single superscore is strongly discouraged.

The College Board and ACT periodically produce SAT and ACT concordance tables to show how scores on each test compare. With the recent redesign of the SAT, researchers conducted a new concordance study to produce tables for students and institutions to use.

The 2018 SAT and ACT tables are now the official concordance tables and should be the only reference for comparing SAT scores to ACT scores. These tables replace the concordance tables that were released in 2016.

Additional Concordance Tables

Use these tables to compare old SAT and new SAT scores: