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SAT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 7, 2016 11:00:00 PM

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Do you want to convert your GPA to SAT scores or vice versa? Perhaps you're wondering what SAT score you might get based on your high school grades? Here, we have pored through the statistics to let you do just that! Before we jump into the data though, we do have some caveats you should be aware of.

 

Converting Between GPA and SAT Scores? Caveats Ahead!

First, you should know that the SAT tests for completely different things compared to a GPA. The SAT is a single test that occurs over just a few hours while a GPA takes years of work to build and is based on classwork.  

Therefore, you cannot compare the two in a predictive sense. You can't say that just because you have a perfect GPA that you will get a perfect SAT score and vice versa. Suppose the fastest 100-meter dash time was 9.7 seconds and the fastest marathon time was 2 hours 10 minutes -- you can't say that just because you got 9.7 seconds in the dash, you'd for sure get 2:10 in the marathon!

However, you can roughly convert between the two by looking at how "good" each of the two are.  In other words, you can say that the fastest sprinter runs 100 meters in 9.7 seconds which converts to the fastest marathon runner at 2:10.  This scale matches SAT to GPA based on how good each is, and, more precisely, the percentiles of people earning each! 

 

Conversion Between SAT Scores and GPA

Old SAT Score New SAT Score GPA (4.0 Scale)
2400 1600 4.00
2390 1593 4.00
2380 1587 4.00
2370 1580 4.00
2360 1573 4.00
2350 1567 4.00
2340 1560 4.00
2330 1553 4.00
2320 1547 4.00
2310 1540 4.00
2300 1533 4.00
2290 1527 4.00
2280 1520 3.99
2270 1513 3.99
2260 1507 3.99
2250 1500 3.99
2240 1493 3.99
2230 1487 3.99
2220 1480 3.99
2210 1473 3.99
2200 1467 3.99
2190 1460 3.99
2180 1453 3.99
2170 1447 3.99
2160 1440 3.99
2150 1433 3.99
2140 1427 3.99
2130 1420 3.99
2120 1413 3.99
2110 1407 3.99
2100 1400 3.99
2090 1393 3.99
2080 1387 3.99
2070 1380 3.99
2060 1373 3.98
2050 1367 3.98
2040 1360 3.98
2030 1353 3.98
2020 1347 3.98
2010 1340 3.98
2000 1333 3.98
1990 1327 3.98
1980 1320 3.97
1970 1313 3.97
1960 1307 3.97
1950 1300 3.97
1940 1293 3.97
1930 1287 3.96
1920 1280 3.96
1910 1273 3.96
1900 1267 3.95
1890 1260 3.95
1880 1253 3.95
1870 1247 3.94
1860 1240 3.94
1850 1233 3.93
1840 1227 3.93
1830 1220 3.92
1820 1213 3.92
1810 1207 3.91
1800 1200 3.91
1790 1193 3.90
1780 1187 3.89
1770 1180 3.88
1760 1173 3.87
1750 1167 3.86
1740 1160 3.85
1730 1153 3.84
1720 1147 3.83
1710 1140 3.82
1700 1133 3.81
1690 1127 3.79
1680 1120 3.78
1670 1113 3.76
1660 1107 3.75
1650 1100 3.73
1640 1093 3.71
1630 1087 3.69
1620 1080 3.68
1610 1073 3.66
1600 1067 3.63
1590 1060 3.61
1580 1053 3.59
1570 1047 3.57
1560 1040 3.54
1550 1033 3.51
1540 1027 3.49
1530 1020 3.46
1520 1013 3.43
1510 1007 3.40
1500 1000 3.37
1490 993 3.34
1480 987 3.31
1470 980 3.28
1460 973 3.25
1450 967 3.22
1440 960 3.19
1430 953 3.16
1420 947 3.12
1410 940 3.09
1400 933 3.06
1390 927 3.02
1380 920 2.99
1370 913 2.95
1360 907 2.92
1350 900 2.88
1340 893 2.85
1330 887 2.81
1320 880 2.77
1310 873 2.74
1300 867 2.70
1290 860 2.66
1280 853 2.62
1270 847 2.58
1260 840 2.54
1250 833 2.49
1240 827 2.44
1230 820 2.39
1220 813 2.35
1210 807 2.30
1200 800 2.25
1190 793 2.20
1180 787 2.15
1170 780 2.10
1160 773 2.05
1150 767 2.00
1140 760 1.95
1130 753 1.89
1120 747 1.84
1110 740 1.79
1100 733 1.73
1090 727 1.68
1080 720 1.62
1070 713 1.55
1060 707 1.48
1050 700 1.39
1040 693 1.31
1030 687 1.23
1020 680 1.12
1010 673 0.99
1000 667 0.87
990 660 0.75
980 653 0.62
970 647 0.48
960 640 0.31
950 633 0.15
940 627 0.02
930 620 0.00
920 613 0.00
910 607 0.00
900 600 0.00
890 593 0.00
880 587 0.00
870 580 0.00
860 573 0.00
850 567 0.00
840 560 0.00
830 553 0.00
820 547 0.00
810 540 0.00
800 533 0.00
790 527 0.00
780 520 0.00
770 513 0.00
760 507 0.00
750 500 0.00
740 493 0.00
730 487 0.00
720 480 0.00
710 473 0.00
700 467 0.00
690 460 0.00
680 453 0.00
670 447 0.00
660 440 0.00
650 433 0.00
640 427 0.00
630 420 0.00
620 413 0.00
610 407 0.00
600 400 0.00

 

Methodology: How did we calculate the conversion?  First, we used real official data released by the College Board to get precise percentiles down to the exact person. Then we used grade percentile data from this study to calculate common class grade percentiles. Next, we presumed that, to get the GPA, a student with a median class grade of K (out of 100) could score uniformly 6 points higher or lower. This lets us map percentiles to course grades to GPA.  Then we displayed the chart above. Our methodology for mapping student class grades to GPA is proprietary.  (C) 2016 PrepScholar Inc.

 

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What’s Next?

Wondering what SAT score you should be aiming for? Learn what your target SAT score should be based on the colleges you're interested in.

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Dr. Fred Zhang
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Fred is co-founder of PrepScholar. He scored a perfect score on the SAT and is passionate about sharing information with aspiring students. Fred graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics.



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