2018 ACT / SAT Concordance Table
What is a concordance table?
The word concordance literally means agreement. A concordance table establishes an understandable relationship between sets of data, meaning it organizes the different data sets so that people can see how the data relates or “agrees.”
Why do students need a concordance table for the ACT and SAT?
The ACT and SAT are different tests used to assess students’ college readiness levels, and many students take both tests. The tests are similar in some ways but different in others, including in their distinct scoring scales: the ACT is scored on a scale of a 1-36, while the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-1600. So, students need a concordance table to see how their ACT scores stack up to their SAT scores, and vice versa, in order to determine which is the best score to send to colleges.
What does the 2018 concordance table mean?
This table means students can compare their ACT and SAT scores! Students will notice that a single ACT score is equated to a range of SAT scores in order to account for the different scales. For example, a perfect 36 on the ACT is equated to the range of 1570-1600 on the SAT. This is exciting news if we interpret it to mean that schools will consider a 1570 as a “perfect” standardized test score. However, schools might choose to still hold the 1600 as the only score truly equivalent to a 36 on the ACT, even in light of these tables. So, while concordance tables are an excellent tool in helping students understand and equate their scores, they are not absolutely determinative, and score interpretation will ultimately remain in the hands of individual schools and their respective policies. With that in mind, students should not rely on these tables alone when deciding what test to take or which scores to submit but should consider the tables as another piece of helpful information as they prepare for and apply to college.