How is the SAT Scored?

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The highest SAT score you can earn is 1600. The lowest SAT score is 400. 

Your total SAT score is composed of a Math section score and an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. Each SAT section is scored within 200 and 800 points.

The average SAT score for 2017 was 1060.  The average Math score on the SAT for 2017 was 527.

Understanding Your SAT Score Report

The College Board provides you with an analysis of your answers on the SAT score report and also your final scaled scores. Below we have inserted screenshots from a new SAT score report:

Notice that on this exam, the raw Math score was out of 57, not 58, points. This happens when a question on the exam is deemed to be biased, and the SAT drops it from each students scoring.

For the Reading/Writing/Language portions of this SAT score report, this child’s raw scores were 52 and 42. These raw SAT section scores scaled  to section scores of 40 (Reading) and 39 (Writing and Language), which equated to a 790 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Score:

(40 + 39) x 10 = 790

I’d like to emphasize that you can not determine what the table of raw to scaled scores conversion was from your score report. However, you will only be able to determine what your raw score was and see how it translated to your scaled score.

Why It Should Matter to You

Once you have calculated your target SAT score in terms of raw score, you can use it to determine your SAT exam strategy options. Once you have targeted the SAT score you’re aiming for, and how far you are from that goal score, you can begin to develop a study plan, gather study materials, and get to work on raising your score!

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