Let’s begin for viewing the concordance tables from the College Board which provide the correlation between the two exams. (A range is usually given, but this provides a good idea of how the scores most often correlate.)
Concordance Between ACT Composite Score and SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing Score
Composite SAT Critical Reading,
Score Math & Writing
• a score of 1650–1800 is adequate for many colleges
• a score of 1800–2100 is good
• a score above 2100 should ensure that you have no problems for admission (if all else is in order!)
Now that you have all the numbers, I’m going to make it very simple for you:
• an SAT score between 1650–1800 or an ACT score between 23-27 is adequate for the majority of colleges. EXAMPLES: Clemson, University of Georgia, James Madison, Penn State, Ohio State, University of Texas, University of Indiana
• an SAT score between 1800–2100 or an ACT score between 27-30 is very good and sufficient for many highly competitive schools. EXAMPLES: University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware, Binghamton
• an SAT score above 2100 or an ACT score above 32 should ensure that you have no problems for admission at the most competitive schools. EXAMPLES: Washington University, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Franklin Olin College of Engineering, Columbia – you get the idea!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOWER END OF THE RANGE INDICATES THE AVERAGE SCORE OF ONLY 25% OF THOSE ACCEPTED.
Also, scores are a PIECE of the admission pie. The other important pieces are GPA, extracurriculars, recommendations and the college essay.
It’s important to note also that students who apply to a particular school self select based on all of the above criteria. That said, you may not get into a school not because you don’t have all ‘the pieces in place’, but you’re not from from Kansas City, MO, or you’re not a left-handed oboe player, or you’re not female!
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