We’re providing concordance tools to help college admission officers and others compare scores on the redesigned SAT with those on the old SAT, given before March 2016. Because the two tests are different, their scores are not equivalent — concordance is the only way to make comparisons between them.
We’re also working closely with the NCAA, the Common Data Set Initiative, and the U.S. Department of Education on their use of concordance tables.
Using Concordance Tables
Concordance tables support these essential campus uses:
- Comparing scores on the redesigned SAT to the old SAT and the ACT for admission and placement purposes
- Determining a policy score on the redesigned SAT that is comparable to an established policy score
- Converting scores for use in a predictive model or index
- Converting scores for use in internal and external reports
- Use concordance tables consistently to ensure equity in the admission process.
- You may find that concorded total scores do not equal the sum of concorded section scores; this is common and expected.
- Since most students in the high school class of 2016 submitted old SAT scores, most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores for this cohort.
- Since most students in the high school class of 2017 will submit new SAT scores, most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores for this cohort.
- Both 2400 total and 1600 total concordance tables are provided since some colleges consider all three sections of the old SAT while others consider only two (Critical Reading and Mathematics).
- Because the new SAT tests both reading and writing in one section, there’s no concordance table from the new SAT’s Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section to the old SAT’s Critical Reading section. Instead, compare these sections by concording a combination of the old SAT’s Writing section and Critical Reading section to the new SAT’s ERW section.
Higher education professionals need concordance tables at the total, section, and test levels. To ensure the highest degree of accuracy, we’re providing two tables for each concorded score pair, allowing institutions to convert scores in both directions.
Developing Concordance Tables
We’re using the Equipercentile Concordance method, which relates scores on each test that have the same percentile rank. In other words, two scores are considered concorded when the percentage of students achieving each score is the same. For example, if 75 percent of a group of students achieve a score of X on one test, and 75 percent of the same group of students achieve a score of Y on a different test, score X would be considered concorded to score Y.