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NCAA Sliding Scale

NCAA sliding scale

Impact of COVID-19 on NCAA eligibility: The NCAA Eligibility Center extended its COVID-19 initial eligibility policies for student-athletes who initially enroll full-time during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. Students who intend to play D1 or D2 sports won’t be required to take the ACT or SAT by the NCAA. Students are also allowed to use pass/fail grades for core courses through the 2021–22 academic year. To keep track of updates that will impact eligibility for current and future recruiting classes, NCSA will continue to share information on our coronavirus resources page. 

NCAA Eligibility Updates

On April 14, 2021, the NCAA extended their D1 and D2 COVID-19 initial-eligibility policies. Student-athletes who initially enroll full time at a college in 2021-22 or 2022-23 and intend to play NCAA D1 or D2 athletics are no longer required to take the ACT or SAT to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. 

Keep in mind that this exemption is for eligibility purposes only. Many colleges still require students to take the ACT or SAT for admissions or scholarship purposes, and college coaches may still ask to see your scores to determine if you meet their program’s academic standards. Likewise, student-athletes who are planning to enroll in the class of 2023-24 or beyond should still plan on taking the test to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. 

Watch our recruiting experts break down the NCAA eligibility updates below.


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What is the NCAA sliding scale?

When you are trying to determine the GPA or SAT/ACT test scores you need to be NCAA eligible, you must reference the NCAA sliding scale. The NCAA sliding scale is designed so that if you have a higher GPA, you can have lower SAT/ACT scores. If you have really strong test scores, you can have a lower GPA.

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Academics are very important when it comes to earning a roster spot and securing scholarship money. College coaches do not want to worry about how athletes are doing in the classroom and whether they are staying eligible to compete. That’s why they recruit good students. Check out this video to see how the NCAA factors in both grades and test scores in eligibility requirements.


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Four reasons to take the ACT or SAT

Insider Tip: Check in with your high school guidance counselor about your grades, core courses and test scores. Not only can they help you meet NCAA eligibility requirements, they can also make sure you’re on track academically to being accepted into your target schools. 

If you’re wondering whether you should consider taking the ACT or SAT, check out our recruiting experts break down the importance of standardized testing in the video below. 


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What is a Good SAT and ACT score?

The most common question that athletes and families ask us about the ACT and SAT tests is regarding what score qualifies as good. The national average on the ACT is a 21 and the national average on the SAT is a 1070. With that said, these are relative scores and you’ll have to gather more information when applying to colleges. In this video, Tom Ehlers, President and Founder of Method Test Prep, breaks down what you need to know.


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ACT registration, SAT registration and test dates

ACT and SAT test dates are offered throughout the year, but the deadlines to register for either test are typically at least a month in advance. Taking some time to complete your ACT registration or SAT registration in advance can save you stress, time and money in late fees! 

ACT Registration and Test Dates

2020-21 ACT Registration and Test Dates 

Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline (Late Fee Applies)
June 12, 2021May 7, 2021May 21, 2021
July 17, 2021June 18, 2021June 25, 2021

2021-22 ACT Registration and Test Dates

Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline (Late Fee Applies)
September 11, 2021August 6, 2021August 20, 2021
October 23, 2021September 17, 2021October 1, 2021
December 11, 2021November 5, 2021November 19, 2021
February 12, 2022January 7, 2022January 21, 2022
April 2, 2022February 25, 2022March 11, 2022
June 11, 2022May 6, 2022May 20, 2022
July 16, 2022June 17, 2022June 24, 2022

International test dates for student-athletes who reside outside of the US, US territories and Puerto Rico can view international ACT registration and test dates here

For more information about the ACT, including upcoming ACT registration and test dates, visit ACT.org

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SAT Registration and Test Dates 

2020-21 SAT Registration and Test Dates 

Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline (Late Fee Applies)
June 5, 2021May 6, 2021May 18, 2021 (for mailed registrations)
May 26, 2021 (for registrations made online or by phone)

2021-2022 SAT Registration and Test Dates (Anticipated)

SAT Registration will open by early July, 2021. Anticipated test dates are listed below. 

Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline (Late Fee Applies)
August 28, 2021TBDTBD
October 2, 2021TBDTBD
November 6, 2021TBDTBD
December 4, 2021TBDTBD
March 12, 2022TBDTBD
May 7, 2022TBDTBD
June 4, 2022TBDTBD

International test dates for student-athletes who reside outside of the US, US territories and Puerto Rico can view international SAT registration and test dates here

For more information about the SAT, including upcoming SAT registration and test dates, visit the CollegeBoard website here

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NCAA SAT requirements: How to send your SAT scores to the NCAA

The NCAA uses what is called a “combined SAT” test score. This means you add the math and reading scores and do not use the written score when determining your NCAA eligibility. You can take the SAT as many times as necessary during high school. The NCAA will use your highest single math and reading score and add them together for your best SAT combined score.

How to send your SAT scores to the NCAA: The NCAA only accepts test scores sent directly from the College Board.

SAT Concordance Score: The College Board organization changed the SAT test in the spring of 2016. If you took the SAT before then, you likely took the old version and will need to use the concordance table to convert those scores into the ones now used by the NCAA.

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NCAA ACT requirements: How to send your ACT scores to the NCAA

The NCAA sliding scale uses your “ACT sum score.” This is calculated by adding together your English, math, reading and science scores. You can take the ACT a total of 12 times during high school, and your top scores in each subject will be used to create your highest ACT score.

How to send your ACT scores to the NCAA: The NCAA will only accept ACT scores sent directly from the ACT organization.

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NCAA D1 Sliding Scale

Core GPANew SAT

Old SAT

ACT
3.550

400

40037
3.52541041038
3.50043042039
3.47544043040
3.45046044041
3.42547045041
3.40049046042
3.37550047042
3.35052048043
3.32553049044
3.30055050044
3.27556051045
3.25058052046
3.22559053046
3.20060054047
3.17562055047
3.15063056048
3.12565057049
3.10066058049
3.07568059050
3.05069060050
3.02571061051
3.00072062052
2.97573063052
2.95074064053
2.92575065053
2.90075066054
2.87576067055
2.85077068056
2.82578069056
2.80079070057
2.77580071058
2.75081072059
2.72582073060
2.70083074061
2.67584075061
2.65085076062
2.62586077063
2.60086078064
2.57587079065
2.55088080066
2.52589081067
2.50090082068
2.47591083069
2.45092084070
2.42593085070
2.40094086071
2.37595087072
2.35096088073
2.32597089074
2.30098090075
GPA’s Below 2.3 Are Redshirt only
2.29999091076
2.27599091076
2.250100092077
2.225101093078
2.200102094079
2.175103095080
2.150104096081
2.125105097082
2.100106098083
2.075107099084
2.0501080100085
2.0251090101086
2.0001100102086

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NCAA D2 Sliding Scale

Use for Division 2 FULL QUALIFIER                        after August 1, 2018 Use for Division 2 PARTIAL QUALIFIER         after August 1, 2018
Core GPANew SATOld SATACTCore GPANew SATOld SATACT
3.300 & above400400373.050 & above40040037
3.275410410383.02541041038
3.250430420393.00043042039
3.225440430402.97544043040
3.200460440412.95046044041
3.175470450412.92547045041
3.150490460422.90049046042
3.125500470422.87550047042
3.100520480432.85052048043
3.075530490442.82553049044
3.050550500442.80055050044
3.025560510452.77556051045
3.000580520462.75058052046
2.975590530462.72559053046
2.950600540472.70060054047
2.925620550472.67562055047
2.900630560482.65063056048
2.875650570492.62565057049
2.850660580492.60066058049
2.825680590502.57568059050
2.800690600502.55069060050
2.775710610512.52571061051
2.750720620522.50072062052
2.725730630522.47573063052
2.700740640532.45074064053
2.675750650532.42575065053
2.650750660542.40075066054
2.625760670552.37576067055
2.600770680562.35077068056
2.575780690562.32578069056
2.550790700572.30079070057
2.525800710582.27580071058
2.500810720592.25081072059
2.475820730592.22582073060
2.450830740602.20083074061
2.425840750612.17584075061
2.400850760622.15085076062
2.375860770632.12586077063
2.350860780642.10086078064
2.325870790652.07587079065
2.300880800662.05088080066
2.275890810672.02589081067
2.250900820682.000900820 & above68 & above
2.22591083069    
2.200920840 & above70 & above    

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