Many college applicants take both the SAT and ACT for admission. This trend might be more visible this year thanks to the confusion surrounding the new SAT. For students taking both the exams, it would make sense to submit the best score for admission. Thankfully, College Board and the ATC have put out concordance tables which offer a good comparison between both the exams.
In the SAT-ACT concordance tables shown below, you will see that a range of SAT scores along with a single score is concorded to a single ACT score point. That is simply because SAT has more score points than the SAT. The single SAT score point aids in direct comparison with corresponding ACT score point.
Also, you will see two tables below. That is because the ACT composite score does not account for the ACT writing test score. So, students who do not opt for the ACT writing test can use the first table. For applicants who have taken the ACT writing, use both the tables and add the scores to get a concorded score on the SAT 600-2400 scale.
Bear in mind the ACT and SAT are two very different exams. While the ACT is more focused on academic achievements in high school, SAT stresses in general skills in verbal and quantitative reasoning. There is no real way to equate both the exams or their scores. Understand that the tables below do not equate scores, but provide a useful tool to find comparable scores.
|SAT Critical Reading + Mathematics (Score Range)||ACT Composite Score||SAT Critical Reading + Mathematics (Single Score)|
|SAT Writing (Score Range)||ACT English/Writing Score||SAT Writing (Single Score)|
(Source: College Board)