What does the conversion chart say about the new SAT? This past week the CollegeBoard released several tables detailing student’s performance on the new SAT compared to the old SAT. The official conversion tables show that the new SAT has higher scores than expected across the entire score range (about a 60-80 point increase in scores on average). The same holds true section by section. Before College Parents across America become too excited about the sudden surge of intelligence of their students, it should be noted that the CollegeBoard explains that the changes in the format itself are the biggest reason for the shift. Why are the new scores important to parents and students? You need to know which of your scores are the strongest. Here are some simple guidelines that may help in the transition from the Old SAT Test to the New SAT .

Starting in March of 2016, the new SAT will be scored on a 1600-point scale rather than a 2400-point scale.   Use the SAT Score Converter mobile app and online tool to compare scores on the new SAT, the old SAT, and the ACT.   Convert your scores by using the College Board’s official released conversion charts.   In addition to the online score converter, the College Board also just launched a converter app in the App Store and in Google Play.   When using these tables, the most accurate conversion method is to split up the conversion section by section. Instead of focusing on the score change, what really matters is that your student’s score percentile matches or beats the percentile they had previously achieved.  Use the score that will get you the highest score possible.

Here is a simple breakdown of your student’s scores and how they compare to the national average.

Top 25 %

  • Old SAT- 1800 out of 2400
  • New SAT- 1200 out of 1600

Average 50%

  • Old SAT- 1500 out of 2400
  • New SAT – 1000 out of 1600

Lowest 25%

  • Old SAT 1260 out of 2400
  • New SAT 840 out of 1600