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How the SAT is Scored

Each of the SAT’s three sections, Critical Reading, Math, and Writing, is scored on a 200 to 800-point scale, giving a total range of 600 to 2400 points.  The essay is scored from 0-12, which is included as 1/4 of the total Writing score.

Average SAT Scores








Canceling Scores

If after the test you want to cancel your scores, you can ask the test supervisor for a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form.  You will have a few days to mull over your decision, but your completed form must be received by ETS no later than the Wednesday after the test in order for the cancellation to be processed.

College and SAT Scores

Each college and university weighs your SAT scores differently, but generally the scores are considered to be the second most important part of your college application, coming right after your grade-point average.  Of course, letters of recommendation, personal essays, interviews, and extracurriculars are also weighed in the decision process.

Receiving Your Score

Official score reports are mailed to your home within 4 to 6 weeks after your test date, however if you log on to the SAT website, you will be able to view your scores within two to three weeks.  In your score report you will find:

  1. *Your raw score and a 200-800 point scaled score for the Critical Reading, Math, and Writing sections.

  2. *Your 0-12 essay sub-score.

  3. *A record of your responses including the questions which you answered right, answered wrong, or omitted.

  4. *Your estimated percentile rank for college-bound seniors based on the test you took.  This percentile will help you to understand how your score compared to the scores of other test takers.

On the website, you will also find a printable copy of your essay.


The Writing Section

An SAT Writing Subject test once existed and was used by many schools as a formal piece of the admissions process.  In March 2005, the SAT was changed dramatically.  A writing section was added to the SAT, and the subject test was eliminated.

As the Writing section is a relatively new part of the SAT, each school has decided to use the writing section score differently.  Some schools are using the SAT Writing section in the same way that they used to use the subject test, giving the score a lot of weight in the admissions process.  There are many schools however that have indicated that while they will look at Writing section scores, they will not give them much, if any, consideration.  And  a third group of schools has not yet made a final decision about how they intend on using the scores.

If you would like to know how much emphasis your target schools put on the SAT Writing section, make sure to ask them how they will be using your Writing score.


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Critical Reading


501


Math


516


Writing


492


Section


Average Score for Class of 2010


Essay


7.2

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