ACT vs SAT

The ACT and SAT are different tests that measure similar but distinct constructs.

The ACT measures achievement related to high school curricula, while the SAT measures general verbal and quantitative reasoning.

ACT and the College Board have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between two scores on the ACT and SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores.

Concordance between ACT Composite Score and Sum of SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics Scores

SAT CR+M
(Score Range)
ACT Composite  SAT CR+M
(Single Score)
1600 36 1600
1540–1590 35 1560
 1490–1530  34  1510
1440–1480  33  1460
1400–1430  32  1420
1360–1390   31   1380
1330–1350   30  1340
  1290–1320  29   1300
 1250–1280   28   1260
 1210–1240   27   1220
  1170–1200   26  1190
  1130–1160   25  1150
   1090–1120   24   1110
  1050–1080   23   1070
  1020–1040   22   1030
 980–1010   21   990
 940–970   20   950
900–930   19   910
860–890   18   870
 820–850   17   830
 770–810   16   790
 720–760   15  740
670–710   14  690
 620–660   13   640
560–610   12   590
 510–550   11  530