In March 2016, the SAT underwent a massive redesign, part of which included a change to its scoring system: it shifted from a 2400-point scale to a 1600-point scale. But how do you compare a new SAT score with one on the old SAT 2400 scale? What scores are colleges looking for since some still don't have data on the new SAT?
The official new SAT to old SAT conversion charts below offer the most accurate score conversions from one SAT to the other. If you need to convert your new SAT score to an old SAT score, or vice versa, simply use our handy conversion tool below to find your score.
After you get your SAT conversion, keep reading—I tell you why it's easier to get a higher SAT score than before due to the new SAT scoring advantage (the new SAT score is higher in certain score regions!).
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Old 2400 SAT to New 1600 SAT Conversion Tool
If you've taken both the new SAT and old SAT and want to know which test you've done better on, this tool will do that automatically for you.
Enter your old SAT scores on the LEFT to get your new SAT scores on the RIGHT.
New 1600 SAT to Old 2400 SAT Conversion Tool
Alternatively, if you want to input your new SAT scores and get old SAT scores, here's how to do it:
Official Old SAT to New SAT Conversion Charts
We created our conversion tools above using the College Board's official SAT conversion charts. Now, we give you actual conversion tables so that you can see more clearly how new SAT scores match up with old SAT scores (and vice versa).
Before you use these tables, know that the most accurate conversion method is to split up the score conversion section by section. In other words, don't just use the College Board's total composite conversion chart (from 2400 to 1600); these can be inaccurate as they ignore the fact that individual sections convert scores differently.
For example, if you're converting from an old SAT score to a new SAT score, you'd do the following:
- Get your old SAT Math score (out of 800) and convert it to a new SAT Math score (out of 800).
- Get your old Reading + Writing score (out of 1600) and convert it to a new SAT Reading + Writing score (out of 800).
Old SAT Math to New SAT Math Conversion Table
Math is straightforward because both the new SAT and old SAT Math sections are out of 800.
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Old SAT Reading + Writing to New SAT Reading + Writing Conversion Table
On the old SAT, Reading and Writing were separate sections, each out of 800. On the new SAT, however, these two sections are combined for a total Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score out of 800.
In this table, we added the old SAT Reading and Writing sections together to get a single Reading and Writing score out of 1600.
|Old R+W||New R+W||Old R+W||New R+W||Old R+W||New R+W|
Using the two section tables above, you can convert any scores from the new SAT to the old SAT, and vice versa. You can then add up the scores you find to get your composite score.
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Composite New SAT to Old SAT Conversion Chart
This SAT conversion table is the one I recommend not using since it goes from composite score to composite score. This manner of translating scores is less accurate than splitting up your composite score section by section as recommended above.
For example, here are two scenarios of a student with an 1800 score on the old SAT. If you just use the table below, you'd get 1290 as your new total SAT score. But this is just an approximation—if you use your section scores, you end up with entirely different conversions!
- Old SAT
- Math: 800
- Reading: 600
- Writing: 400
- Composite: 1800/2400
- New SAT
- New Math: 800
- New Reading + Writing: 560
- New Composite: 1360/1600
- Old SAT
- Math: 600
- Reading: 600
- Writing: 600
- Composite: 1800/2400
- New SAT
- New Math: 620
- New Reading + Writing: 650
- New Composite: 1270/1600
Notice how in both scenarios, the old composite score adds up to 1800, but the new composite score varies by nearly 100 points. Once again, if you were to use the table below, you'd get 1290 for both, but this conversion is clearly less accurate since the two scenarios above yield wildly different scores when converting by section.
Regardless, here's the official SAT composite score conversion chart for your reference:
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What Does the Conversion Chart Say About the New SAT?
The official conversion tables show that the new SAT has higher scores than expected across the entire score range. For a full explanation, read our guide on the new SAT scoring advantage. That said, I'll summarize the main points below.
Without the College Board's concordance table, you might imagine that you could just multiply the old SAT score by 2/3 to get your new SAT score. For example, 2400 * 2/3 = 1600. Or, 1800 * 2/3 = 1200.
In fact, new SAT scores are much higher than this simple formula would predict. An 1800 on the old SAT actually translates to 1280—that's 80 points higher than 1200. Likewise, a 1500 on the old SAT translates to 1100, or 100 points higher than 1000.
This also reflects section by section. A 700 on the old SAT Math section is equivalent to a 730 on the new SAT Math section, while a 500 on the old SAT is equivalent to a 530 on the new SAT. What this means is that for the same performance on Math, you get a higher score on the new SAT than you would have on the old SAT.
So what does this mean for you? Some people worry that this means grade inflation is happening, and that scores are creeping up. But I'm not personally worried about it, and you don't need to be either. The College Board will always grade the SAT in such a way that top students can be distinguished from average students, and average students from below-average students.
What really matters is your score percentile, and the score that colleges believe is good. If everyone's SAT score goes up, then colleges will require higher scores for admission as well. This doesn't mean anything about how hard it is to get that score—the difficulty is likely going to stay similar.
For now, just focus on studying for the SAT and getting the highest score possible!
Curious about how the new SAT scoring system benefits you? Read our comprehensive guide to the new SAT scoring advantage to learn how the current version of the SAT gives you optically higher scores over a range of scores.
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As co-founder and head of product design at PrepScholar, Allen has guided thousands of students to success in SAT/ACT prep and college admissions. He's committed to providing the highest quality resources to help you succeed. Allen graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and earned two perfect scores on the SAT (1600 in 2004, and 2400 in 2014) and a perfect score on the ACT.