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HOW DO “NEW” SAT SCORES COMPARE TO SCORES FROM THE ACT AND “OLD” SAT?

This week, students who took the March “redesigned” SAT will receive their scores. In anticipation of these scores, College Board (the nonprofit organization that administers the SAT) published “SAT Score Converter.” This tool allows users to see the concordance between “old” SAT and “new” SAT scores SATConcordanceand also ACT and “new” SAT scores. The Converter allows you to input a score and see how it compares to one of the other scoring scales. College Board also published a variety of tables comparing the scoring scales for the overall tests and individual sections of those tests.

These concordance scales are based on the performance of students who took the March SAT exam, but could also include other methodologies we aren’t (yet) aware of. (With more test dates and calculated scores, these “living” scales can move, altering how colleges and universities interpret test performance.)  The data shared shows some interesting calculations. As you know, the “new” SAT is scored out of 1600 points, while the “old” one was out of 2400 points. The concordance doesn’t simply calculate “new” SAT scores as 2/3 of the “old” scores; it actually fluctuates throughout the scale. A 400 or a 1600 on the “new” SAT is equivalent to a 600 or a 2390, respectively, on the “old” SAT, but a 1300 doesn’t equate to the expected 1950 on the “old” scale. We’re told a 1300 is equivalent to an 1820. Only time, additional test administrations, and admissions decisions by colleges will tell how this data is interpreted.

Use SAT Score Converter or the scoring scales to get a sense of how you are doing. However, regardless to what scores you are earning and how they compare to the scales of the other standardized tests, remember to focus on doing your best and not how that will be interpreted.

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