The New SAT Score Conversion

Instructor: Jenifer Powell
A new version of the SAT launched in March 2016. Read on to understand scoring ranges for the new test and learn how to compare them to scores for the previous version of the SAT.

Converting New SAT Scores to Old Scores

Major revisions to the content and structure of the SAT included a pretty significant adjustment to the scoring of the test. CollegeBoard released the new concordance tables in May 2016 so students can see how their old SAT scores compare with the new scoring system. These tables take the content changes into account and more accurately convert test scores. The following gives a test-to-test comparison of a few scores on the full scale:

New SAT ScorePre-2016 SAT Score Equivalent
1600 2400
1470 2100
1290 1800
1090 1500
890 1200
700 900
400 600

Comparing Test Formats

The new SAT has two mandatory sections, each with a possible score of 200-800 points, compared to the old test's three mandatory sections. And while the required essay on the old test was included in the writing section score, the new SAT will include an optional essay that is scored separately, on a scale of 2-8 points.

Test VersionSectionsScoring Range for EachTotal Possible Score
New SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing; Math 200-800 400-1600
Old SAT Critical Reading, Math, Writing 200-800600-2400

Understanding the New SAT Section Content

The new SAT combines reading and writing into one section that tests students' ability to read a written passage closely and analyze an argument, while the math section now emphasizes the data analysis and problem-solving abilities students will need in college and their careers.

Whether you're taking the old or new version of the test,'s SAT Prep: Practice & Study Guide course provides a thorough review of the skills you'll need to tackle exam questions. Explore the lessons, quizzes and practice tests found in this course. Chapter topics include:

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