SAT Scoring

High school seniors all over the country have to take the dreaded SAT exam.  The score that you receive on this exam will determine which colleges and universities you have a chance at being accepted into.

Despite how important this exam is, a lot of people don’t take the time to talk about the SAT scoring process.  There are three categories on the exam that will affect your overall score: Math, Reading, and Writing.  You can earn a maximum of 800 points on each category.

There are three steps in the SAT scoring process:

  1. Calculate Raw Score
  2. Equate Score
  3. Scaled Score (Final Score)

Calculate Raw Score

The “raw score” calculates how well the individual answered the multiple choice questions.  If you answer a question correctly, then you get one point.  If you answer a question incorrectly, then you get ¼ of a point subtracted from your score.  If you do not answer the question at all, then you get zero points.

Equate Score

“Equating” the score involves performing a statistical analysis to make sure the test accurately reflects your skills.  This process adjusts for slightly different levels of difficulty among the various tests.  This essentially makes sure that the different forms of the tests and the level of ability of the students who took that test at the same time you tested does not affect your score.

Scaled Score (Final Score)

Once the “equating” process is complete, your raw score will be converted to a scaled score.  Your scaled score is your final score.  Since each section of the exam (Math, Reading, and Writing), is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale.  The highest possible score is 2400.

This is how the SAT scoring process works.  For more information, read my post: Average SAT Scores.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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