One of the questions we most commonly hear from students who have taken either the PSAT, the SAT, or the ACT (or even just a practice test for one of these tests) is “what would my score be on the [other test]?” I.e. How do I do an ACT to SAT conversion?
To answer this question, you’ll need to convert your score.
We’ll take a look at why you would want to perform an ACT to SAT conversion, how to do it, and what you can do with your converted scores when you are looking at prospective colleges.
For a bigger picture of how to approach test prep, read How to Conquer the ACT (for Parents).
Why Would You Want To Convert Between SAT and ACT Scores?
People have various reasons for wanting to know how they would do on the “opposite test.” They generally boil down to a variation on one of these three (closely related) reasons:
1. You are thinking about taking the other test and you want to know how you would need to score for it to be worth it
2. You have already taken both tests (or practice tests) and you want to know which of your scores is better
3. You have specific colleges in mind and you want to know how your score on one test matches up with their score range on the other test
Regardless of which of these reasons applies to you, figuring out ACT to SAT conversion will probably be most useful if you are still at the practice test / preparation stage of your admissions test journey. This way you can use the information you discover to help guide you in the process.