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The new SAT scoring system has placed the process of interpreting scores into uncharted territory. If you’re wondering how your score stacks up to the old test, check out the chart below for a comparison of scoring scale and percentile ranges!

 

The New to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

 

1600 Score 1600-2400 Equivalent Scores 1600 Percentiles
1600 2400 99
1590 2390 99
1580 2390 99
1570 2380 99
1560 2360 OR 2370 99
1550 2350 99
1540 2330 OR 2340 99
1530 2320 99
1520 2300 OR 2310 99
1510 2290 99
1500 2270 OR 2280 99
1490 2250 OR 2260 99
1480 2240 99
1470 2220 OR 2230 98-99
1460 2210 98
1450 2190 OR 2200 98
1440 2180 98
1430 2160 OR 2170 98
1420 2150 97
1410 2130 OR 2140 97
1400 2120 97
1390 2100 OR 2110 96
1380 2090 96
1370 2070 OR 2080 95-96
1360 2060 95
1350 2040 OR 2050 94-95
1340 2030 94
1330 2010 OR 2020 93
1320 2000 92
1310 1980 OR 1990 92
1300 1970 92
1290 1950 OR 1960 91
1280 1940 90
1270 1920 OR 1930 89-90
1260 1910 89
1250 1890 OR 1900 87-88
1240 1880 87
1230 1860 OR 1870 86
1220 1850 85
1210 1830 OR 1840 84
1200 1820 83
1190 1800 OR 1810 81-82
1180 1790 81
1170 1780 OR 1770 79-80
1160 1750 or 1760 77-78
1150 1740 77
1140 1720 OR 1730 75-76
1130 1710 74
1120 1690 OR 1700 72-73
1110 1680 71
1100 1660 OR 1670 69-70
1090 1650 68
1080 1630 OR 1640 66-67
1070 1620 65
1060 1600 OR 1610 63-64
1050 1590 62
1040 1570 OR 1580 60-61
1030 1560 59
1020 1540 OR 1530 56-57
1010 1530 55
1000 1510 OR 1520 53-54
990 1500 52
980 1480 OR 1490 49-50
970 1470 48
960 1460 OR 1450 46-47
950 1440 44
940 1420 OR 1430 42-43
930 1410 41
920 1390 OR 1400 38-40
910 1380 37
900 1360 OR 1370 35-36
890 1350 34
880 1330 OR 1340 31-32
870 1320 30
860 1300 OR 1310 28-29
850 1290 27
840 1270 OR 1280 25-26
830 1250 OR 1260 23-24
820 1240 22
810 1220 OR 1230 20-21
800 1210 19
790 1190 OR 1200 17-18
780 1180 16
770 1160 OR 1170 14-15
760 1150 14
750 1130 OR 1140 12-13
740 1120 11
730 1100 OR 1110 10-11
720 1090 10
710 1070 OR 1080 8-9
700 1060 8
690 1040 OR 1050 7
680 1030 6
670 1010 OR 1020 6
660 1000 5
650 980 OR 990 5
640 970 4
630 950 OR 960 4
620 940 3
610 920 OR 930 3
600 910 3
590 890 OR 900 2
580 880 2
570 860 OR 870 2
560 850 2
550 830 OR 840 1
540 820 1
530 800 OR 810 1
520 790 1
510 770 OR 780 1
500 750 OR 760 1
490 740 1
480 720 OR 730 1
470 710 1
460 690 OR 700 1
450 680 1
440 660 OR 670 1
430 650 1
420 630 OR 640 1
410 620 1
400 600 OR 610 1


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Explanation of Methodology

Standardized tests are a useful way to determine a student’s ability, relative to that of his or her peers, because the tests are designed such that there will always be an equal ratio of high scores to medium scores to low scores. This allows us to assign each score a percentile — a figure that represents where a score sits on a distribution curve.

 

For example, obtaining a perfect score on the old SAT (2400)­ puts you in the 99th percentile, meaning you scored higher than 99% of all other test takers. An 800, the lowest possible score on the 2400 scale, would be in the 1st percentile, meaning you scored higher than 1% of the other test takers.

 

In order to make our score and percentile conversion chart, we worked under the assumption that the College Board is aiming to keep the old SAT distribution similar to the new one (with a few at the top, lots in the middle, and few at the bottom).

 

It’s difficult to compare scores on the old SAT and the redesigned version. Once comprised of two sections (Critical Reading and Writing, that amounted to 1600 total points) has now been compressed into one section (English), amounting to 800 total points. To create the percentile conversions, we took a blended average of the Critical Reading and Writing percentiles (adjusted for the relative frequency of Critical Reading and Writing questions on the new version).

 

Because the scoring scale of the Mathematics section has not been altered, we used the same percentile distribution as the old SAT.

 

To convert score percentiles on the 2400 scale to those on the 1600 scale, we assumed the distribution of scores on both tests would be the same and compressed the 2400 values to a 1600 scale.

 

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Anamaria Lopez

Anamaria Lopez

Managing Editor at CollegeVine Blog
Anamaria is an Economics major at Columbia University who's passionate about sharing her knowledge of admissions with students facing the applications process. When she's not writing for the CollegeVine blog, she's studying Russian literature and testing the limits of how much coffee one single person can consume in a day.
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