Old SAT to New SAT Conversion Chart

The SAT had undergone distinctive changes in 2016. Learn about the remodeling of the SAT score system, the transition of old SAT to the new SAT, and more

Updated by Tanya Dutta on 13th October 2020

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a centralized entrance exam adopted by various educational institutions in the United States for college admission. The format for the SAT had undergone an amendment in 2006, giving rise to the new SAT format. The journey of the old SAT to the new SAT has witnessed several, distinctive changes in its pattern, scores, and more. One such change is in the total score of the test. The initial score of 2400 has been reduced to 1600.  

What is the SAT? It is a 3 hour long (excluding essay) pencil-paper examination consisting of multiple-choice questions for primarily three sections- reading, writing, and mathematics. It is offered 7 times a year worldwide. The score-card for the SAT is exhibited on a scale of 400-1600. The SAT composite score is the computed summation of critical reading and writing and math scores. These categories are examined on a scale of 200-800 (individually). 

Remodeling Of The SAT (Old SAT to New SAT)

There were some changes made to the SAT back in March of 2016, which involved the remodeling of the scoring system. The total shifted from a 2400-marks scale to a 1600-scale.

Although the scores of the definitive sections of the SAT need to be combined to calculate your total SAT score, the two scenarios yield hugely dissimilar scores when converted section-wise and when converted altogether. Hence, to obtain the most accurate results, the calculation and conversion of the scores of each section separately would be recommended.

The new SAT incorporates two sections - Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), and Math. Each section holds equal weightage, and importance (in deciding the composite score). An optional essay has been included in the new SAT. Unlike the old SAT, the new SAT has a consolidated math section comprising of two sub-sections - one that grants the usage of the calculator, and the other prohibits the same. The EBRW embodies 52 questions on contrary to the 67 questions of the old SAT reading section. 

SAT Scores - Old SAT to New SAT

The 2016 amendment had conceived an assortment of changes to the format of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. There was a consolidation of sections, change in the scoring methodology, and inclusion of a supplemental essay component For the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, the number of questions was reduced to 57. Math witnessed a similar merger of its sub-sections. 

The new composite SAT score is 1600. Each section (EBRW, and Math) is scored on a scale of 200 to 800. Similarly, the Math section is scored on a scale of 200-800. The sum total of both sections forms the total SAT score. Let us look closely at the old SAT to new SAT composite, as well as a section-wise score conversion chart.

         Old SAT to New SAT Composite Score 
Old SAT ( Critical Reading + Writing + Math) New SAT (EBRW+Math)
400 600
410 610
420 620
430 630
440 640
450 650
460 660
470 670
480 680
490 690
500 700
510 710
520 720
530 730
540 730
550 740
560 750
570 760
580 770
590 780
600 790
610 800
620 810
630 820
640 830
650 840
660 850
670 860
680 870
690 880
700 900
710 910
720 930
730 950
740 960
750 980
760 990
770 1010
780 1030
790 1040
800 1060
810 1070
820 1090
830 1110
840 1120
850 1140
860 1150
870 1170
880 1180
890 1200
900 1210
910 1220
920 1240
930 1250
940 1270
950 1280
960 1300
970 1310
980 1330
990 1340
1000 1360
1010 1370
1020 1390
1030 1400
1040 1420
1050 1430
1060 1450
1070 1460
1080 1480
1090 1490
1100 1510
1110 1530
1120 1540
1130 1560
1140 1570
1150 1590
1160 1610
1170 1620
1180 1640
1190 1650
1200 1670
1210 1680
1220 1700
1230 1710
1240 1730
1250 1750
1260 1760
1270 1780
1280 1790
1290 1810
1300 1820
1310 1840
1320 1850
1330 1870
1340 1880
1350 1900
1360 1920
1370 1930
1380 1950
1390 1970
1400 1990
1410 2000
1420 2020
1430 2040
1440 2060
1450 2080
1460 2090
1470 2110
1480 2130
1490 2150
1500 2170
1510 2190
1520 2210
1530 2230
1540 2260
1550 2280
1560 2300
1570 2330
1580 2350
1590 2370
1600 2390

Since there is no change in the total score in the Math section of the SAT, the conversion process for this section is very simple. The old SAT comprised of 3 sub-sections of Math, which is now amalgamated into 2 sub-sections. The score ranges from 200-800. The use of a calculator is permitted for only one sub-section.

Old SAT Math to New SAT Math Score
 
Old SAT Math New SAT Math
200 200
200 210
210 220
220 230
220 240
230 250
240 260
240 270
250 280
260 290
260 300
270 310
280 320
280 330
290 340
300 350
310 360
330 370
340 380
350 390
360 400
370 410
380 420
390 430
400 440
410 450
420 460
430 470
440 480
450 490
460 500
470 510
490 520
500 530
510 540
520 550
530 560
550 570
560 580
570 590
580 600
590 610
600 620
610 630
620 640
630 650
640 660
650 670
650 680
660 690
670 700
680 710
690 720
700 730
710 740
720 750
740 760
750 770
760 780
780 790
800 800

While the older version of Reading + Writing SAT was calculated out of 1600, with both Reading and Writing sections consisting of 800 each, the new version of Reading + Writing SAT is scored out of 800 in total.

Old SAT (Critical Reading + Writing) to New SAT (EBRW) Score
 
Old SAT (Critical Reading + Writing) New SAT (EBRW)
400 200
410 210
420 220
430 230
440 240
440 250
450 260
460 270
470 280
480 290
490 300
500 310
520 320
550 330
570 340
600 350
620 360
640 370
660 380
690 390
710 400
730 410
750 420
770 430
790 440
800 450
820 460
840 470
860 480
880 490
890 500
910 510
930 520
950 530
970 540
990 550
1010 560
1020 570
1040 580
1060 590
1080 600
1100 610
1120 620
1150 630
1170 640
1190 650
1210 660
1240 670
1260 680
1290 690
1310 700
1340 710
1370 720
1390 730
1420 740
1450 750
1480 760
1510 770
1540 780
1560 790
1590 800

The aforementioned data has been contrived from the official CollegeBoard website. It is highly recommended to convert section-wise scores to get an accurate composite SAT score. For instance, if you have scored an SAT Math score of 650, the new SAT Math would come up to 680 (as per the conversion chart). Tally both your scores (for each section), and calculate your total score accordingly. You may proceed with the Old SAT Critical Reading, and Writing score in a similar fashion. An integral inference from the above data is, the new SAT scores are a higher equivalent of the old SAT score. A 760 in the old SAT Math section is equivalent to 780 in the new SAT score chart. 

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