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Converting SAT Score to ACT Score?

Just got my SAT scores, but I'm wondering - is there a reliable way to convert SAT scores into ACT scores? Also, will colleges accept conversions? I'm kind of confused about how this works so any help would be great!

15 days ago

You can find conversion charts online that will allow you to roughly equate your SAT scores to ACT scores. These charts are designed based on percentiles from the scores of students who took both exams. However, it's important to remember that these conversions aren't exact and can only give a general sense of how your SAT score might translate to the ACT.

But here's the crucial point: You can't convert your SAT scores and then send the converted scores to colleges. Colleges don't accept converted scores as official ACT or SAT results. If you're thinking of sending ACT scores to colleges, you'll actually need to take the ACT and have your scores sent directly from the testing agency.

It's also worth noting that many colleges view SAT and ACT scores equally, without a preference for one over the other. Make sure to do your research and understand what each institution requires or recommends. If your colleges of interest accept both exams, there's no need to rush taking the ACT if you're happy with your SAT score.

However, if you think you might do better on the ACT, taking a practice test would be worthwhile, rather than basing your decision off conversion tables alone. The ACT website has a range of practice tests available for free.

Lastly, don't forget to check the test policies of your target schools for the latest requirements, as several colleges have adopted test optional or test blind policies in recent years. The specifics of their policy could affect your decision on whether to sit for additional standardized tests. To learn more about test-optional policies, check out this blog post from CollegeVine: https://blog.collegevine.com/does-test-optional-mean-test-optional/

Good luck with your standardized testing journey!

15 days ago

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