Even though the ACT and the SAT are two completely different exams, ACT to SAT conversion is possible and it allows you to see how well you could have or would have done on the other exam. Whether you’re trying to figure out which exam will make you look better to the college of your dreams or you’re simply curious, I’ll show you how to convert your scores from the ACT to the old SAT and the redesigned SAT and how to convert your scores from either version of the SAT to the ACT.

What’s the Point of ACT to SAT Conversion

Identifying which of the standardized tests you perform better on is one way to impress the colleges you’re applying to. The reason being, if you perform better on one test over the other, you can make that score even better; and a better score makes you look better to the admissions committees. ACT to SAT conversion can help you figure this out. So instead of spreading yourself thin by trying to master both tests, you can focus on just one, and rock it. Knowing how you would have performed on the other test can help you finalize if the ACT or SAT is the right standardized test for you.

Redesigned SAT to ACT Conversion Table

Just like you can do an ACT to SAT conversion, you can also convert the SAT to the ACT. The College Board website released this amazing conversion tables to help you figure out how your new SAT score would translate to the ACT. Although the ACT has not verified these comparisons, they are incredibly accurate and reliable for our purposes.

New SAT ACT   New SAT ACT   New SAT ACT
1600 36   1250 26   900 17
1590 35   1240 26   890 16
1580 35   1230 25   880 16
1570 35   1220 25   870 16
1560 35   1210 25   860 16
1550 34   1200 25   850 15
1540 34   1190 24   840 15
1530 34   1180 24   830 15
1520 34   1170 24   820 15
1510 33   1160 24   810 15
1500 33   1150 23   800 14
1490 33   1140 23   790 14
1480 32   1130 23   780 14
1470 32   1120 22   770 14
1460 32   1110 22   760 14
1450 32   1100 22   750 13
1440 31   1090 21   740 13
1430 31   1080 21   730 13
1420 31   1070 21   720 13
1410 30   1060 21   710 12
1400 30   1050 20   700 12
1390 30   1040 20   690 12
1380 29   1030 20   680 12
1370 29   1020 20   670 12
1360 29   1010 19   660 12
1350 29   1000 19   650 12
1340 28   990 19   640 12
1330 28   980 19   630 12
1320 28   970 18   620 11
1310 28   960 18   610 11
1300 27   950 18   600 11
1290 27   940 18   590 11
1280 27   930 17   580 11
1270 26   920 17   570 11
1260 26   910 17   560 11

ACT to Old SAT Conversion Table

If you’ve taken the old SAT and want to see how your score would translate on the ACT, you can use the table below for an ACT to SAT conversion. We’ve provided both the estimated composite and range scores based on information provided by the ACT.

ACT Composite Score Estimated SAT Composite Estimated SAT Composite Range
36 2390 2380–2400
35 2330 2290–2370
34 2250 2220–2280
33 2180 2140–2210
32 2120 2080–2130
31 2060 2020–2070
30 2000 1980–2010
29 1940 1920–1970
28 1880 1860–1910
27 1820 1800–1850
26 1770 1740–1790
25 1710 1680–1730
24 1650 1620–1670
23 1590 1560–1610
22 1530 1510–1550
21 1470 1450–1500
20 1410 1390–1440
19 1350 1330–1380
18 1290 1270–1320
17 1230 1210–1260
16 1170 1140–1200
15 1100 1060–1130
14 1020 990–1050
13 950 910–980
12 870 820–900
11 780 750–810

Please remember that comparing your scores doesn’t substitute actually taking them. If you find that your score is actually better on a different test, you can’t submit the converted score to a college for your application. These tables are purely for your own reference to see which test is a better fit for you and reflects your talents in the best way.

Also keep in mind that the old SAT is no longer being offered. I still included it because many colleges will continue to accept the old scores as well as the new ones.

How These Tables Help You

I mentioned earlier that knowing how your score converts can help you decide which test to focus your energies on. It’s also helpful to know, because when looking at the median scores of the ACT and the SAT, some schools make it look like you’ll have an easier time taking one test over the other. But here’s the thing; in order to be a competitive applicant, you’ll need to be scoring above the reported median score. So if you perform better doing the ACT, but you notice the median SAT scores for the school you’re applying to seem lower, you might be tempted to switch gears and devote your energy to the SAT.

Here’s what you need to remember: those median scores based on the accepted applications are not necessarily equivalent to each other. Stick with the test that gives you the higher score and a better competitive edge when you’re applying to schools.

 

The ACT and SAT are two different tests designed to show colleges how prepared you are for the next step in your education. Not everyone performs equally well on both exams and it’s important to identify which test shows off your talents. This means you can focus on that test and improve your score come application time. Taking a look at these ACT to SAT conversion tables will help you do just that. So whether you decide on the ACT or the SAT, these tables can help you decide where to devote your energies and help you focus on getting into the school of your dreams.

Do you have any questions about the ACT or SAT? Do you wish you would have taken a different test altogether? Let us know in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear from you!