SAT 2023 Scores/Results: Score Range (Out of 1600), Percentile Calculator, SAT Score for Top Universities


Aishwarya Bhatnagar

Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

Updated on Sep 21, 2023 11:55 IST

Understanding SAT scores might prove to be a challenging task for candidates. The overall SAT test is scored on a scale of 400-1600 based on performance in the exam. SAT scores are based on two major sections of the SAT exam that is, the Reading + Writing section and the Maths section. Both sections are scored individually on a scale of 200-800. Upon compiling the SAT scores for both sections, SAT results are released on a scale of 400-1600. With SAT Digital into play since March 2023 from the duration of the SAT exam date. The new SAT exam which has gone digital releases its scores and results within 13-14 days from the exam date. Hence, those who have underperformed in the SATs can sit for another SAT exam in the upcoming month or after that, depending upon the time in hand before applying to universities abroad. 

SAT Results 2023

Candidates who plan to appear for their SAT exam are required to keep the dates and registration deadlines in mind. Candidates are advised to complete their SAT Registration before the deadline to avoid any last-minute confusion. The expected SAT Score dates have also been published for the convenience of our readers. Once the SAT scores and results are announced, students can check out for any discrepancies and report if they find any with their scores.

Next is to wait for College Board to send your SAT scores to the colleges and universities that were opted for during SAT registration. Once the applicant gets his/her total score on SAT, the SAT scores will be sent to the respective universities. Lastly, check if you fit in the SAT cutoff criteria as per the university (if applicable) and then finally apply or think of sitting for another SAT exam to improve your scores and aim for a higher score if at all necessary. Check: How to Calculate Average SAT Score?

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SAT Digital Test & Score Dates 2023

SAT Scores are sent to colleges around ten days after the score release date. The following are the upcoming SAT dates along with result dates for the year 2023, for those who are appearing for SAT exam in India:

  • On September 08, 2023, SAT exam results were announced for the August SAT exam date.
  • The upcoming SAT exam date is October 7, 2023, results will be announced after 14 days from the exam date. 

The students can ensure that their SAT scores have been sent to their universities of choice, which they must have chosen while registering for the SAT. Once the College Board sends the SAT scores across, the university chosen will show sent right adjacent to their names.

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SAT 2023 Score Report

SAT score reports consist of the following information for its test takers:

  • The Total Score: As the title suggests, the Total Score is the sum of the two Section Scores and this score ranges from 400 to 1600.
  • Sectional Score: The sectional score ranges from 200-800 and is based on the performance of the candidate in the Math Section and Reading & Writing Sections.
  • Subscore (marks scored in each type of question): Subscores are multiple points for Reading, Writing and Math Sections, all ranging from 1 to 15. The main purpose of Sub scores is to provide additional insight into the student’s performance.
  • Student’s percentile: The student’s percentile score tells you how well the student has performed on his SAT exam as compared to other test-takers. 

Understanding SAT Score Report

At a Glance – Components of an SAT Score Report and what they mean:

SAT Components


Score Range

Total Score

The aggregate of the two section scores


Section Scores

Reading & Writing and Math Sections


Test Scores

Reading, Writing &  Math Sections.



These scores show how well you use your skills to analyze texts and solve problems in these subject areas.


SAT Sub Scores

Reading and Writing: Command of Evidence and Words in Context & Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions.

Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.


The average SAT score for the class of 2021 in the US was 1060, the average SAT scores fluctuate with the total number of applicants appearing for the exam each year and of course their scores.  

Note: The SAT Optional Essay is no longer a part of the test now.

SAT Score 2023 Range v/s Percentile

Here is a table to show students how the SAT Score percentile is calculated. Following is the overall percentile calculation based on SAT score;

sat score percentile

Also, check out the SAT section-wise percentile based on scores received by students, this is another way to understand the results of SAT exam:

sectional percentile sat

This way students will have more clarity as to what percentile category they fall into based on SAT overall scores or based on SAT sectional scores. 

How to check 2023 SAT scores?

So usually, applicants struggle with figuring out that in how many days SAT results are declared. The new SAT digital exam results are released within a couple of days from the date of exam conduction and are out before the end of the second week.

Candidates can access the SAT score report on their College Board profile. The following steps can be followed by applicants to check their SAT scores:

  • Step 1- Visit the College Board's site
  • Step 2- Sign in using your ID and password
  • Step 3- Click on My Organiser and go to SAT scores
  • Step 4- Click on Access My Scores and enter your username and password
  • Step 5- Go to My Test Scores
  • Step 6- Your SAT scores will appear on the screen

Candidates can send their score reports to the colleges using Score Choice.

How to get SAT Scores in 2023?

Once you are finished with the SAT exam, it is time to send exam scores to the colleges. This is one of the most crucial parts of the whole application process. Most colleges prefer to get the score reports directly from the College Board and not the copies of the report or score report labels on the transcripts.

When to expect SAT Results and Scores?

Your Digital SAT score result will be available online within a couple of days after your test date. Once the score result is available, the College Board begins sending SAT score reports to the colleges the candidate has selected, if any, at the time of registration.

Other Ways to Get SAT Scores

Students who don’t have easy access to the Internet can check out alternative methods of receiving their SAT Score, these include

  • SAT Paper Score Reports: Candidates who register by mail and don't have active College Board online accounts will receive paper score reports.
  • SAT Scores by phone: Candidates can also receive their scores over the phone. However, they would be required to pay an extra fee for the same.
  • Candidates can also access their scores by logging into their online score report and taking a printout of the same. 

What is SAT Score Choice?

With Score Choice, one gets the freedom to report the score he/she chooses to send to colleges. The candidate can choose the score report by test date or by individual test for SAT Subject Tests. However, before sending the scores always make sure to check with the college or the scholarship program to which you are applying, as many colleges and scholarship programs require students to send all their scores. If the candidate doesn’t select Score Choice then College Board will send all the available scores of the candidate to the colleges which he/she has selected as score recipients.

How to send SAT Scores during Registration?

Applicants receive four free score reports while registering for the SAT exam.  Applicants get the option of sending these reports to their choice of colleges or scholarship programs for free. Aspirants can send the scores up to nine days after taking the test. After nine days they will be charged for sending the score reports. With this, the aspirant can send four reports for free. However, there is a catch, the aspirants are sending the scores without knowing their actual scores. This means the candidates won’t be able to choose the score they want to send or they won’t be able to send their best scores. In this case, it is advisable to send the score reports to the colleges that want to see all the SAT scores of the candidates.

Note: The SAT exam has undergone a big change in 2016. Changes include a new structure, scores, sections, and a new approach to testing. Check out about New SAT Format 2023: Difference Between Old and New SAT Format.

Cost of sending SAT Additional Score Report to Colleges

Once the candidates get their scores, anytime they can send the score reports to their preferred colleges. However, they have to pay $12 to send an SAT score report to each university they select. In this case, it is always advisable to send your overall SAT score to the colleges that do not require SAT scores for all the exams you have taken. Also, send your best section scores to colleges that super score the SAT. 

Rush Reporting SAT Scores

Rush reporting is a process where the score report of the aspirant is sent to the colleges within two to four business days excluding holidays and weekends. However, this can only be availed for the scores which are already released. The aspirant needs to pay an additional SAT score report fee of $31 to avail of this facility. Apart from this, additional score report fees can also be levied on rush reporting. 

Always make sure to check with your colleges in which format they accept the report. Also, check their schedule for processing the application as they will only review your scores as per their schedule. Moreover, not all colleges accept Rush Reporting, so always make sure to check with your college before sending the score through Rush Reporting.

SAT Exam Fee Waivers and Extra Free Reports

For the economically weaker sections and low-income students, the College Board offers SAT fee waivers/scholarships. It allows a student to send his/her SAT score to the colleges of their choice free of cost. However, the eligibility differs as per the latest changes. You can contact the representative of the College Board or read about the criteria on their website and apply accordingly.

Sending Old SAT Scores to Colleges

Sending score reports to colleges up to five years after giving the test needs to be retrieved from the archives. The candidates need to pay $31 if they want to send SAT scores they took more than a year ago. Candidates also need to pay an additional score report fee every time they wish to send their old reports to the colleges. Further, the candidates cannot order old SAT scores online through the College Board, this can be done only through their customer support number or mail.

What is SAT Superscore?

It is a process where colleges do not take into consideration the scores of one particular date rather they consider the candidate’s highest section scores across all the SAT exams which the candidate has appeared for. It means colleges consider the highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score and the highest Mathematics score of the candidate and combine them to get the overall score.

What is SAT Archived Score Reporting?

If someone has not appeared for the SAT for more than a year then those scores get archived. If someone wants to report the archived scores to the colleges or universities then they need to retrieve the scores. They can be ordered by phone or mail. Candidates need to pay a $31 fee for retrieving the old SAT scores, also the standard fee for additional score reports i.e. $12 needs to be paid for each order along with the Archived fee. So, the total amount comes out to be $43 per old SAT score report

Understanding SAT Test Scores

The SAT score range is between 400 and 1600 for your total score and 200-800 for each of your two subscores. One sub-score is for combined Reading and Writing and the other one is for Math.

Verifying Your SAT Scores

SAT Score verification is nothing but a revaluation of your test scores, to check that you have received scores in all sections and nothing has been skipped. So, if you feel that the SAT score that you received is different than what you expected, you may have missed or made a mistake in marking your answers. Another reason for different SAT scores than expected can be that your Essay is illegible or blank when one views it online. Under SAT score verification you have three options:

  • Multiple-choice hand score verification
  • Essay score verification
  • Or both, Multiple-choice and Essay score 

How to Cancel SAT Scores?

For any reason, you need to cancel your SAT Score, here are two methods through which one can cancel their SAT score:

  • At the test centre: If you are unsure about how the test went, or if you feel like you have skipped a number of questions, you can cancel your test right then and there. Right at that moment, at the test centre, you can ask the supervisor for a ‘Request to Cancel Test Scores’ form. Fill in all details along with your signature. Submit the form to the supervisor. Make sure you submit this before leaving the test centre.
  • At home: If your poor performance hits you after you leave the test centre, you can cancel your test at home as well. However, there is a time limit to it. You need to submit your cancellation request by writing to College Board as quickly as you can because the deadline for receiving such requests will be 11:59 PM (IST) on a Wednesday after the test date. You need to download ‘Request to Cancel Test Scores’ online from the College Board website, fill in your details, sign it, and fax it or speed-post/courier it overnight. 

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SAT Score Released Dates 2023

Usually, the SAT scores are released within two weeks of SAT exam conduction. Since the new SAT Digital exam is set to be conducted in 2023 onwards for international students from outside of the US, the students can expect their SAT results to be out within 13 days of the test being taken. 

SAT Score Release Schedule for 2023-24

The full schedule for SAT Digital exam conduction and the expected dates of results have been tabulated below for reference:

Upcoming SAT Test Dates

SAT 2023 Result Dates

June 3, 2023   

June 16, 2023 (Announced)

August 26, 2023

September 8, 2023

October 7, 2023

October 20, 2023

November 4, 2023

November 17, 2023

December 2, 2023

December 15, 2023

SAT 2023 Cut-offs University-wise

The SAT is considered one of the most critical aspects of the college application process. Students who wish to pursue their higher studies in the USA must be familiar with this standardized test. It is conducted to secure admissions in various colleges offering degrees across the USA. These days’ policies are changing periodically, so, it is always advisable to check the testing requirements of the college you are applying to. The SAT cut-offs for the top universities in the US and Canada range between 1400 and 1600.

US Universities Accepting SAT Scores

SAT Score Range Required

Brown University


Cornell University


Dartmouth College


Harvard University


University of Pennsylvania


Princeton University


Yale University


What is a Good SAT Score?

There is no hard and fast rule for a good SAT score, rather, applicants need to set a goal based on what SAT score the applicant is aiming for. In order to get a good SAT score applicants must:

  • Applicants should aim for SAT section-wise scores and then an overall SAT score. This way applicants will understand how far they are from reaching a good SAT score.
  • A good SAT score can be achieved through thorough preparation.
  • SAT mock test solving is also key to getting a good SAT score. 
  • Finally, aim for a higher SAT score based on the actual requirement as per the university.

An average SAT score is around 1050 it may vary annually, thus, one must check and then prepare. Anything above 1200 is considered a good SAT score. The maximum anyone can score on the SAT is the perfect score of 1600. Since you receive scaled scores, you should understand SAT scaled scores and percentiles. For a detailed understanding check out - What a Good SAT Score is?

Have more questions about SAT? Read SAT frequently asked questions and understand more about the SAT exam.

SAT Result and Score FAQs

Q. Can I choose which scores to report or I need to report send all scores?

A. It depends on the college where you are sending scores. Every institution has its policy for accepting SAT scores. If they accept only the highest score then you need to send only the highest scores. If they want you to send all scores then you need to send all score reports. Completely depends upon the university you are applying to and how they wish to receive your scores. The candidates can check for the process and request for their SAT score reports accordingly.

Q. How to cancel SAT scores?

A. At the test center: After completing the test, take the 'cancel test scores form' from the test coordinator fill it and sign it. Return the form to the test coordinator at the test center. After leaving the test center: Your written and signed request must be submitted before 11:59 PM Thursday after the test date. Candidates are not allowed to submit cancellation requests via phone or email as their signatures are required.

Q. How should I improve my SAT score?

A. Students  preparing for the SAT usually are confused about how much preparation is required for SAT and when should they start with it. There are no straight answers as the process of preparation is different for every student. Work on your weak areas, chalk out those topics which require maximum attention and work on them. Once you are done with the entire syllabus you can begin attempting some of the practice tests. See where you lack in the mocks and improve those areas with more practice. 

Q. Does candidates lose marks for incorrect answers?

A. In SAT Digital exam, the test-takers get points for every correct answer whereas there are no points taken for incorrect answers. So, you should attempt maximum questions in SAT. Since there is no negative marking for incorrect answers or for leaving questions unanswered in their final SAT score report, the students should take benefit of the situation and answer all questions. The time of SAT has reduced hence, caution must be exercised while answering the SAT exam questions.

Q. Does reading books help in scoring better on SAT Reading section?

A. It is important to grow reading skills as it will help you in your studies ahead irrespective of the study area you choose. Reading should not feel like a task, it can be done as a fun activity. If you love to read novels, read them but you can also add more to it. Like if you love reading science fiction, then also try reading short stories or classic novels as it will widen your horizon. try things that challenge you and just don't restrict yourself to simple plain reads. Thus, it will only prove significant in the long run and not just for scoring higher on the SAT Reading & Writing section.

Q. How are overall SAT scores calculated?

A. An applicant's total score is between 400 and 1600. The total SAT score is the sum of the two section scores: Reading & Writing, and Maths. Both of these sections can accommodate a possible score range of 200 – 800. The Reading & Writing score is composed of the Reading Test plus the Language Test, and each which collectively contributes to a sectional SAT score. The SAT Math section score is made up of the Math questions' answers only. Thus, no SAT section score can go beyond 800. 

Q. What to keep in mind to score good in SAT?

A. Its essential to understand that what is the meaning of 'good SAT score' if it is based on the minimum requirements set by the university then a certain aim has to be set, but if it is more towards a personal goal then the targetting strategy would be different. In order to score good, the students shall prepare themselves of how they wish to plan their studies and assess their previous knowledge first and then working on the SAT syllabus. There is no one way of scoring good on SAT, but definitely effort and practice would pay off.

Q. In how much time does College Board release SAT Digital scores?

A. Since SAT Digital is the new way of taking test that is, online and the duration of the test has reduced, the time of SAT result declaration has also reduced. When SAT was tested on paper the results were released in 3 weeks but SAT Digital results are released in a span of 12-13 days from the date of examination. Students can sit for SAT exam accordingly and send across their SAT scores to the respective universities they are applying to.

Q. What are SAT score recipients?

A. Applicants while registering for SAT exam have the option of indicating which colleges or universities their SAT scores are to be forwarded once they are released. The SAT scores are released to those recipients (colleges and/or universities) and once they are delivered the status against each recipient changes to delivered. Thus, this way applicants can check whether or not their SAT scores have been delivered to their college or university of application post SAT results are declared.

Q. Will my scores on SAT be affected if I take SAT on personal laptop?

A. No, the SAT scores cannot be affected by any miscellaneous reason except for your preparation. The SAT scores are based on the correctness and the ability to understand, analyse and then answering the questions. In case any of these pointers are missed out, applicants may lose out on their overall SAT score reports. It is always advised that students work as per a strategy and prepare for SAT exam with utmost dedication. The SAT exam scores will remain unaffected by the device on which you took the test on.

Q. Can I get my SAT scores reviewed?

A. Yes. in case applicants feel the need to go for a review of their SAT scores, they can apply for it. But it will take some time for College Board to release the questions and the answers selected by the applicant in some time and not immediately. Thus, go for a SAT score review only if absolutely necessary and if still dissatisfied, apply for SAT exam again.




Bishop Bishop

a month ago

Hi. You mentioned there are 25 operational questions and 2 pretest questions per module on the Reading and Writing sections. But I see a total of 33 questions per module. Can you explain this please?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a month ago

Hello! There are 54 questions in the Reading + Writing section divided into 27 + 27 questions per module and there are 44 questions in the Math section. Please read the above-given details carefully for a better understanding.


Daya Sagar Yadav

2 months ago

can I know the benefits of writing SAT exam

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

2 months ago

Hello! Please elaborate on your query.


Saloni Sharma

2 months ago

which exam should I give to pursue M.Sc abroad?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

2 months ago

Hello! You can check the university you are applying to and understand course-specific admission requirements. If you need help, you can elaborate more on your query or get in touch with Shiksha counsellors at: Good luck!


Ishita Yadav

2 months ago

It's been two years since I did my 12th, I am eligible for it in 2023?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

2 months ago

Hello Ishita! Yes, you are eligible to sit for SAT.


Ishita Yadav

2 months ago

Its been a two year since I did my 12th?

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2 months ago

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