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SAT Grading Scale: Everything You Need To Know

SAT Grading Scale: Everything You Need To Know

There are a few basic facts about SAT score that all test takers are aware of. Like you probably know a good SAT score is somewhere in the range of 1000 while 1200 puts you in the top 25% of the candidates. You also probably know that each correct answer gets you 1 point on the raw score. But the SAT Grading Scale on the whole can be tricky to work out and often remains a mystery to test takers. So when the test results are out after about a month, there are doubts that remain in the minds of candidates. To avoid them and to know exactly what you are getting into, it’s important to understand the intricacies of the SAT grading scale.

What does your SAT Score report include?

Some think that the SAT Score report is a maze to get through because there are different scores including Total Score, Section Scores, Test Scores, Subject Based Scores, Subscores and Essay Scores. We will look at each one of them closely in this article.

The report will also give you a percentile rank for all these scores. The raw score, which gets added up with every correct answer, is converted into a scaled score. It is done to help scorers adjust variations in the level of difficulty in different test administrations.

Different scores and SAT grading scale

The basic principle behind scaling is to ensure that same level of ability amongst candidates should equate to same score.

  • Total Score – The sum of your different section scores, adds up to this score, which ranges between 400 and 1600. If you get the magic figure of 1200, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
  • Section Scores include Evidence based Reading and Writing Score, and Math Score. Both these scores range between 200 and 800.
  • Test Scores – There are three of these; Reading Test Score, Writing and Language Test Score and Math Test Score. They are scores for section 1, 2, and 3 and 4, respectively. The grading scale is from 10 to 40.
  • Subject Based / Cross Test Scores – It includes Analysis of History / Social Studies Scores and Analysis of Science Scores. These questions are seen across sections and scale is between 10 and 40.
  • Essay Score – There are three scores for the essay but they aren’t combined with each other or with any other score of the test. The scale of 2 to 8 applies for Reading, Analysis and Writing Scores.

Besides these there are seven subscores, which are given based on answers to certain questions across Reading, Writing and Language, and Math sections. Understanding the grading scale will not only help you understand your SAT score, better but let you prepare for the test knowing your specific goals as well.

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