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Is the SAT Score Value Dropping?

B2I7N2GoB2I7N2Go 21 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Recently saw a "new" SAT->ACT Score Conversion Table (Similar to the one on Princeton Review's Website). According to the chart, an SAT score of 1510, instead of being a 34, is now a 33. I have a Composite 1510, SS 1520... Is this something that has recently changed and should be worried about?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78226 replies690 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Here are the concordance tables from CB and ACT:

    https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/guide-2018-act-sat-concordance.pdf
    https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ACT-SAT-Concordance-Tables.pdf

    However, some colleges may have different equivalencies (e.g. CSUs in California appear to use different equivalencies).
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  • B2I7N2GoB2I7N2Go 21 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited September 26
    @ucbalumnus that was the chart I have been referring to, however, it seems that many blogs are posting a new conversion chart for 2019.

    Do you know if CB released its 2019 version of concordance yet?
    edited September 26
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7254 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Concordance tables change yearly.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 903 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    I’m not aware of an update official concordance table. Do you have a link?

    In the past, the organizations rarely issued updates - typically when there were fundamental changes to one of tests.

    I pay no attention to data like this in “blogs”. Try a search sometime for “colleges with highest SAT scores” and compare them to actually data from colleges. The data is simple to obtain and the variations are laughable. Caltech’s average SAT is 1530, 1540, 1560, or 1570. And 3 schools have 75th percentiles of 1600.

    I’d post the links those with consistently bad data, but CC always discards posts with the URL (they advertise here).

    What tables are you looking at?

    And fwiw, no one should be “worried” about a 1520.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34100 replies376 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    1510/1520 shoud do it, if each section is at least 750. Don't get sidetracked trying to match this to the ACT. And for top colleges, it's not the ACT Composite, it's sub scores.

    If you're thinking of top colleges, you should know they care less about the total SAT score than than the actual M and CR. Get your info from the right sources: the colleges, themselves.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 5050 replies93 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @lookingforward can you clarify what you mean about ACT subscores being more important? Do you mean it's better to be consistent across the board then have some high and some lower? or do you think certain sections are most important like maybe math and reading?
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34100 replies376 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 27
    It's not that they need to be consistent, but that the subs most related to the wannabe major are strong.

    A stem hopeful might get a high Composite but, eg, low subs in math and/or sci. That's not helpful.

    And depending on the competitiveness for an admit, how low the lows are can be an issue.
    edited September 27
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  • B2I7N2GoB2I7N2Go 21 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you guys for your inputs. The chart I am referring to seems to correspond very closely with the calculator on Princeton Reviews.

    As for Subscores, we are looking at 790 M and 730 EBRW (ss) and 780 M and 730 EBRW (highest composite)... (stem/communications hopeful here)
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  • drusbadrusba 9615 replies20 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited October 7
    I question whether you are looking at a "new" conversion chart. The numbers you are mentioning, and ones provided by Princeton Review, match the 2016 SAT/ACT conversion chart.
    edited October 7
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7254 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
  • evergreen5evergreen5 1490 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @B217N2Go The 2018 tables (linked in posts #1 and #10) are the only actual, official concordance tables for the New SAT. A true concordance involves a joint study with ACT and only occurs once in a blue moon, not annually. (The 2016 tables were not the result of a joint study, i.e., not a true concordance. They were a quick-and-dirty product CB put together to assuage colleges following the 2016 redesign.) CB does publish new percentiles annually, but no new joint study with ACT appears to be underway, so I would not expect a new concordance anytime soon.

    The new SAT has been around long enough now that I doubt colleges refer to the concordance. Look at their reported stats instead, by section score. These are published on their website in the class profile and Common Data Set.
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  • B2I7N2GoB2I7N2Go 21 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited October 12
    @momofsenior1 @evergreen5 very helpful! Makes sense that the official website has the right conversion. Thanks!
    edited October 12
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