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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 Score1600-2400 Equivalent Scores1600 Percentiles
1600240099
1590239099
1580239099
1570238099
15602360 OR 237099
1550235099
15402330 OR 234099
1530232099
15202300 OR 231099
1510229099
15002270 OR 228099
14902250 OR 226099
1480224099
14702220 OR 223098-99
1460221098
14502190 OR 220098
1440218098
14302160 OR 217098
1420215097
14102130 OR 214097
1400212097
13902100 OR 211096
1380209096
13702070 OR 208095-96
1360206095
13502040 OR 205094-95
1340203094
13302010 OR 202093
1320200092
13101980 OR 199092
1300197092
12901950 OR 196091
1280194090
12701920 OR 193089-90
1260191089
12501890 OR 190087-88
1240188087
12301860 OR 187086
1220185085
12101830 OR 184084
1200182083
11901800 OR 181081-82
1180179081
11701780 OR 177079-80
11601750 or 176077-78
1150174077
11401720 OR 173075-76
1130171074
11201690 OR 170072-73
1110168071
11001660 OR 167069-70
1090165068
10801630 OR 164066-67
1070162065
10601600 OR 161063-64
1050159062
10401570 OR 158060-61
1030156059
10201540 OR 153056-57
1010153055
10001510 OR 152053-54
990150052
9801480 OR 149049-50
970147048
9601460 OR 145046-47
950144044
9401420 OR 143042-43
930141041
9201390 OR 140038-40
910138037
9001360 OR 137035-36
890135034
8801330 OR 134031-32
870132030
8601300 OR 131028-29
850129027
8401270 OR 128025-26
8301250 OR 126023-24
820124022
8101220 OR 123020-21
800121019
7901190 OR 120017-18
780118016
7701160 OR 117014-15
760115014
7501130 OR 114012-13
740112011
7301100 OR 111010-11
720109010
7101070 OR 10808-9
70010608
6901040 OR 10507
68010306
6701010 OR 10206
66010005
650980 OR 9905
6409704
630950 OR 9604
6209403
610920 OR 9303
6009103
590890 OR 9002
5808802
570860 OR 8702
5608502
550830 OR 8401
5408201
530800 OR 8101
5207901
510770 OR 7801
500750 OR 7601
4907401
480720 OR 7301
4707101
460690 OR 7001
4506801
440660 OR 6701
4306501
420630 OR 6401
4106201
400600 OR 6101


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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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