SAT Scores



How Is The SAT Score Calculated?

Multiple-choice questions:

You will receive one point for each correct answer.. For each question that you attempt but answer incorrectly one-fourth of a point is deducted. No points are added or subtracted for unanswered questions. If the final score includes a fraction, the score is rounded to the nearest whole number.

Student-produced response (grid-in) questions in the math section:

No points are deducted for incorrect answers.


The essay will receive a score of 2 to 12. However, a blank essay, essays that are not written on topic, or essays that are deemed illegible after several attempts have been made will receive a score of 0.

Your score for each of the section (Math, Critical Reading and Writing) is then scaled to a range that is from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest)

How Would My Essay Be Graded?

No particular essay structure is required, and the College Board accepts examples "taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations."

Two examiners will assign each essay a score between 1 and 6, where a score of 0 is reserved for essays that are blank, off-topic, or considered illegible after several attempts at reading. The scores are summed to produce a final score from 2 to 12 (or 0). If the examiners' ratings disagree by more than one point, a third examiner will evaluate the essay and resolve the discrepancy.


What Does The SAT Score Report Look Like?

Your SAT scores will be given in a table as shown:

SAT Resaoning Test


Score Range


College-bound Seniors





Critical Reading




Your score report will include:

A scale score of 200 to 800 on each of the section (Math, Critical Reading and Writing).

A score range which is an estimate of how your scores might vary if you were tested many times.

The percentile score compares your score to those scores of other students who took the test. The comparison is given as a number between 1 and 99 and tells what percentage of students earned a score lower than you. Suppose your percentile is 62. This means that you performed better that 62 out of every 100 test takers in the comparison group.The national percentile is based on all recently graduated college-bound seniors from across the nation who took the test. The state percentile is based on all recently graduated college-bound seniors from your state who took the test.

The Score Report will also show the number of questions you answered correctly, wrongly or omitted and your raw score.

In addition, you will receive College profiles of up to four colleges or universites to which you asked that your scores be sent. Each profile tells you about the school – high school preparation requirements, freshman admission policies, and cost and financial aid information.




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