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On June 14, ACT and the College Board released new 2018 concordance tables that students can use to compare scores from the ACT test and the new SAT test (redesigned in 2016). The new 2018 concordance tables replace the tables released by the College Board in 2016.

 

What Are Concordance Tables?

 

Concordance tables allow students, families, counselors, K12 educators, and higher education professionals to compare scores between two tests that measure similar but not the same things. In order to develop a concordance, there needs to be a large sample of students who took both tests, as well as a strong statistical relationship between the tests. Students can use concordance tables to compare their SAT and ACT scores and decide which one they want to use in their college applications. For colleges that provide average or “middle 50%” SAT or ACT score information, concordances can help students who took either the SAT or the ACT understand their chances of getting in.

How Many Concordance Tables Are There?

 

College Board and ACT produced three sets of concordance tables:

  1. ACT Composite to SAT Total
  2. ACT Mathematics to SAT Math
  3. ACT English + Reading to SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

There are two tables in each set: one that compares SAT to ACT scores, and one that compares ACT to SAT scores. There are some ACT score points that concord to a range of SAT scores (and vice versa). For example, a 26 on the ACT concords to a 1230, 1240, or 1250 on the SAT.

In these cases, the asterisk (*) shows the best single score point to use if you need it.  In this example, a 1240 on the SAT is the best single score point to concord to a 26 on the ACT.

You can work with your counselor to understand what your SAT scores mean, visit BigFuture for college planning resources, and register to take the SAT again.

You can find the concordance tables on collegeboard.org/concordance or act.org/concordance.