What is concordance?
The term "concordance" refers to establishing a relationship between scores on assessments that measure similar (but not identical) constructs. A technically sound concordance allows students and professionals to compare scores from similar assessments to inform decisions. A concorded score is not a perfect prediction of how a student would perform on the other test.
ACT and the College Board have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between scores on the ACT test and the SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores, but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores.
Potential Uses of Concordance Tables
A variety of stakeholders use concordance tables to compare scores across the ACT and the SAT to inform policies, processes, and decisions.
- College counselors, students, and their families use concordance tables to inform college searches and explorations.
- Policymakers, researchers, and K-12 educators use concordance tables to aggregate scores across tests to measure college readiness for groups of students.
- Colleges, universities, scholarship organizations, and athletic conferences also use concordances in a variety of ways including determining eligibility for a program or scholarship.