SAT Test Scores

The SAT examination process does not end on test day. Getting back your SAT test scores will be the first thing on your mind after you complete your examination, and the College Board works hard to make sure that the score reporting is accurate and speedy. Typically, SAT test scores are available on the internet approximately three weeks after the exam, and are sent home by mail a month after the SAT testing date.

Scores for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections of the SAT Reasoning Test are reported on a scale of 200 to 800.

These scaled scores are derived from raw scores, which are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Every correct answer earns you a point. Incorrect answers have no penalty, so there is no penalty to guessing. Questions that are omitted do not have any effect on the raw score.

This scoring system illustrates why it is advisable to guess on four-choice SAT test questions, especially when you can eliminate one or more potential answers.

In general, the College Board believes that your SAT test score in each section will be within 30-40 points of your actual ability in that area; for this reason, your SAT test scores are placed within a range indicating your probable ability level.

After you receive the exam, you can request that your scores be sent to colleges of your choice by performing a simple SAT upload at the College Board website. The College Board recommends that you work with a high school guidance counselor to develop a list of schools that should receive your SAT test scores.

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