Concordance Tables Update
Last month, ACT and College Board released their new concordance tables. These are the first to directly relate the ACT to the redesigned SAT, first used in 2016. They were developed through a joint comprehensive research study that included analysis of the scores of nearly 600,000 graduating seniors in the class of 2017.
Though the concordance tables were not a massive shift from the versions first released in 2016 (which related the ACT to the redesigned SAT via its relationship to the prior version of the SAT), there were some important features to note.
- Middle-scoring students did not see much of a change from the previous concordance tables. However, students at the upper and lower ends of the scale may see a more significant shift.
- At the higher end of the scale, ACT scores are now concording to lower SAT scores. For students scoring quite high on these tests, they may wish to reconsider which test is better showing their skills and college readiness—the SAT may now favor more high-scoring students.
- At the lower end of the scale, the opposite is true. Lower ACT scores are now concording to slightly higher SAT scores, which means the ACT may be a better test for these students.
As always, it’s important to remember that these tests assess slightly different aspects of college readiness, though they are both based on the same body of research about what it means to be college ready. Students should carefully consider which test provides the best means for them to demonstrate their skills—in combination with other important factors, like courses of study and GPA.
At Academic Approach, our directors work with families to determine which test is best for each individual student. We use diagnostic test scores, along with in-person consultations, to support this important decision-making process.