### What are your chances of acceptance?

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UCLA
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
1.0
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SAT: 720 math
200
800
| 800 verbal
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#### Extracurriculars

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# Your Official ACT to SAT Score Conversion Chart

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In this post, we’ll discuss the two primary standardized tests taken by college applicants: the SAT and the ACT. We’ll discuss how each is scored, the scoring scales, and how you can perform an SAT-to-ACT conversion, as well as an ACT-to-SAT conversion.

## How Is the SAT Scored?

Up until 2016, the SAT had three sections, with each being worth up to 800 points. On that test, students received a score between 200-800 on every section and could achieve a composite score between 600-2400, calculated simply be adding up their section score totals.

Now, the SAT is back to two sections, each worth up to 800 points. There is an optional third section that is composed of an essay, but it is scored on a separate scale and not included in the composite score. On the most recent version of the SAT, students can achieve a composite score from 400-1600. This can get a little confusing when comparing scores. For example, if your older sibling scored a 1900 on their SAT, your recent score of 1480 may actually be more impressive, since it represents a higher achievement on a smaller scale.

In any case, your final SAT section scores and composite scores are calculated through an equating process in which raw score data is converted to the 800-point scale. The exact process for this involves scanning your answer sheet to count the number of correct answers. This is your raw score, but you’ll never see it. Your raw score then undergoes an equating process to account for the specific difficulty of each version of the test. Equating results in your final section scores on the 800-point scale.

Scaled scores make it possible for you to compare scores from different versions of the SAT, but it remains challenging to compare SAT vs. ACT scores, where the scoring scale differs significantly.

## How Is the ACT Scored?

The scoring scale for the ACT is 1-36, and this is true regardless of whether you’re talking about a specific section or your composite score. Each section is graded individually from 1-36, and your scores on each section are then averaged to find your composite score. Fractions more than or equal to one half are rounded up to the nearest whole number, while fractions under one half are rounded down to the nearest whole number.

The process for scoring an ACT is both careful and complex. It is similar to that of scoring the SAT in that neither is scored on a student-based curve, but both account for the slightly varying difficulty of different versions of the tests. The ACT does actually refer to this process as a curve, but it is not the kind of student-based curve most people are accustomed to hearing about. Instead of being based on the performance of your peers, this curve is test-specific and designed to correct for slight variations in the difficulty of each test.

This is an important process because multiple tests and test versions are administered each year, and despite all efforts to make the tests exactly the same level of difficulty, this is nearly impossible to accomplish. Instead, each question on the ACT is weighted according to its individual difficulty, and these weights are accounted for through the ACT curving process.

## How Can I Convert My SAT Score to an ACT Score, or Convert My ACT Score to an SAT Score?

Converting your raw SAT or ACT score to a section score and composite score is only part of the process when it comes to comparing standardized test scores. These make it simple to compare your SAT score to other SAT scores, or to compare your ACT score to other ACT scores. It still does not allow you to compare SAT scores to ACT scores. To compare your SAT to ACT scores (and vice versa), you must either perform an SAT-to-ACT conversion or an ACT-to-SAT conversion.

To convert your SAT score to the ACT scale, or the other way around, you’ll need to refer to the official concordance charts produced by the CollegeBoard. These tables provide a handy and up-to-date reference for converting your scores. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve copied the charts below. If you’d like to see them in their entirety, be sure to visit the Guide to the 2018 ACT®/SAT® Concordance.

### SAT to ACT Conversion:

*An asterisk indicates that you should use this SAT score when a single score point comparison is needed

 SAT Score ACT Score SAT Percentile ACT Percentile 1600 36 99+ 100 *1590 36 99+ 100 1580 36 99+ 100 1570 36 99+ 100 1560 35 99+ 99 1550 35 99+ 99 *1540 35 99 99 1530 35 99 99 1520 34 99 99 *1500 34 99 99 1490 34 98 99 1480 34 98 99 1470 33 98 98 *1460 33 97 98 1450 33 97 98 1440 33 96 98 *1430 32 96 97 1420 32 95 97 1410 31 95 95 *1400 31 94 95 1390 31 94 95 1380 30 93 93 *1370 30 92 93 1360 30 92 93 1350 29 91 91 *1340 29 90 91 1330 29 89 91 1320 28 88 89 *1310 28 88 89 1300 28 87 89 1290 27 86 86 *1280 27 84 86 1270 27 83 86 1260 27 82 86 1250 26 81 82 *1240 26 80 82 1230 26 79 82 1220 25 77 78 *1210 25 76 78 1200 25 74 78 1190 24 73 74 *1180 24 72 74 1170 24 70 74 1160 24 68 74 1150 23 67 69 *1140 23 65 69 1130 23 63 69 1120 22 62 63 *1110 22 60 63 1100 22 58 63 1090 21 56 58 *1080 21 54 58 1070 21 52 58 1060 21 51 58 1050 20 49 51 *1040 20 47 51 1030 20 45 51 1020 19 43 45 *1010 19 41 45 1000 19 39 45 990 19 37 45 980 18 36 39 *970 18 34 39 960 18 32 39 950 17 31 32 940 17 29 32 *930 17 27 32 920 17 26 32 910 16 24 26 900 16 23 26 *890 16 21 26 880 16 20 26 870 15 18 20 860 15 17 20 *850 15 15 20 840 15 14 20 830 15 13 20 820 14 12 14 810 14 11 14 *800 14 10 14 790 14 9 14 780 14 8 14 770 13 7 8 *760 13 6 8 750 13 5 8 740 13 4 8 730 13 4 8 720 12 3 4 *710 12 3 4 700 12 2 4 690 12 2 4 680 11 1 1 *670 11 1 1 660 11 1 1 650 11 1 1 640 10 -1 1 *630 10 -1 1 620 10 -1 1 610 9 -1 1 600 9 -1 1

### ACT to SAT Conversion

 ACT SAT SAT Range ACT Percentile 36 1590 1570-1600 100 35 1540 1530-1560 99 34 1500 1490-1520 99 33 1460 1450-1480 98 32 1430 1420-1440 97 31 1400 1390-1410 95 30 1370 1360-1380 93 29 1340 1330-1350 91 28 1310 1300-1320 89 27 1280 1260-1290 86 26 1240 1230-1250 82 25 1210 1200-1220 78 24 1180 1160-1190 74 23 1140 1130-1150 69 22 1110 1100-1120 63 21 1080 1060-1090 58 20 1040 1030-1050 51 19 1010 990-1020 45 18 970 960-980 39 17 930 920-950 32 16 890 880-910 26 15 850 830-870 20 14 800 780-820 14 13 760 730-770 8 12 710 690-720 4 11 670 650-680 1 10 630 620-640 1 9 590 590-610 1

Note: Concordance tables for the ACT Composite were derived from concordances of the ACT sum score.

## Why Knowing Your Converted SAT/ACT Score is Important

You’ll notice numerous similarities comparing the SAT vs. ACT; however, there are also a handful of subtle differences between the two tests. Because of these differences, students generally perform better on one than the other. It’s recommended before committing to taking either the SAT or the ACT that students take practice versions of both tests to see which format favors them—knowing how SAT compared with ACT scores translate offers valuable insight into determining which test is best for you.

Another valuable piece of information obtained from knowing how SAT scores compare to ACT scores is an improved understanding of your overall performance, and how it compares to the applicants you’ll compete against for admission.

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