June 14, 2018 – The ACT and the College Board (producers of the SAT) have completed an extensive concordance study which has resulted in an updated SAT/ACT concordance tables. Based on the new concordance table, an ACT score of 18 corresponds to an SAT score of 970.
Legislation was passed at the 2018 NAIA National Convention requiring a minimum ACT score of 18 to be used as part of initial eligibility, effective May 1, 2019. It was determined that the corresponding SAT score would be added to the bylaw upon release of the updated concordance table, which has now occurred.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR STUDENTS
This means that beginning May, 2019, to use a test score as part of initial eligibility, a freshman must have an ACT score of 18 or an SAT score of 970.
The requirement is based on the date the test is taken. The new scores go into effect on ACT and SAT tests taken on May 1, 2019 and after. This means:
- Any test taken between March 1, 2016 and April 30, 2019 requires an ACT score of 16 and SAT score of 860. (So a student who takes the test on or before April 30, 2019 and scores a 16 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT is eligible to play in fall 2019.)
- Any test taken May 1, 2019 or later requires an ACT score of 18 and SAT score of 970.