How the SAT is Scored?

Scoring on the SAT

The SAT is scored on a scale of 400 to 1600, which is a combination of your scores for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (a combination of your Reading and Writing and Language scores, scored from 200 to 800) and Math (also scored from 200 to 800). The exam also has a detailed scoring system that includes cross-test scores and subscores based on your performance on each of the three tests. Your score report for the SAT will feature scores for each of the following:

Total Score (1): The sum of the two section scores (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math), ranging from 400 to 1600

Section Scores (2): Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, ranging from 200 to 800; Math, also ranging from 200 to 800

Test Scores (3): Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, Math Test, each of which is scored on a scale from 10 to 40

Cross-Test Scores (2): Each is scored on a scale from 10 to 40 and based on selected questions from the three tests (Reading, Writing and Language, Math):

1. Analysis in History/Social Studies

2. Analysis in Science

Subscores (7): Each of the following receives a score from 1 to 15:

1. Command of Evidence (Reading; Writing and Language)

2. Words in Context (Reading; Writing and Language)

3. Expression of Ideas (Writing and Language)

4. Standard English Conventions (Writing and Language)

5. Heart of Algebra (Math)

6. Problem Solving and Data Analysis (Math)

7. Passport to Advanced Math (Math)

This scoring structure was designed to help provide a more holistic profile of students’ skills and knowledge, as well as readiness for college. However, colleges aren’t likely to look at the cross-test scores or the subscores.

Your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score is determined in the following way:
Verbal Scaled Score out of 800 =(Writing and Language test score out of 40 + Reading test score out of 40) × 10

Since the two verbal sections are tied together, an improvement in either area will increase your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. The Math score is a bit less complicated, with a direct relationship between the Math Test Score and the number of questions answered correctly in the Math sections. The scale may change slightly from test to test, but this chart will give you a good idea of the approximate score you would get with each number of raw points.

Math Scale Score
Scaled Score Raw Points
350 12
400 16
450 20
500 26
550 32
600 39
650 44
700 50
750 54
800 58

When Is the SAT Given?

The SAT schedule for the school year is posted on the College Board website at www.collegeboard.org. There are two ways to sign up for the test. You can either sign up online by going to www.collegeboard.org and clicking on the SAT link, or sign up through the mail with an SAT registration booklet, which may be available at your school guidance counselor’s office.

Try to sign up for the SAT as soon as you know when you want to take the test. If you wait until the last minute to sign up, there may not be any open spots in the testing centers.

If you require any special accommodations while taking the test (including, but not limited to, extra time or assistance), www.collegeboard.org has information about applying for those accommodations. Make sure to apply early; we recommend applying six months before you plan to take the test.

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