SAT Calculator: How to Calculate SAT Scores?

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 13:30 IST

SAT Scoring – Candidates looking to appear for their SAT would definitely be inquisitive about knowing their scores before they are actually released by The College Board. Candidates can check out their SAT scores with the help of the SAT Calculator provided below. The consolidated SAT scores are an amalgamation of scores in both sections. Thus, based on the number of correct answers, applicants can score themselves and check from the tables below for how many scores they get based on the number of correct answers. Please note, that there is no negative marking for wrong answers or for not attempting any question.

Calculating SAT Math Section Score

Candidates who wish to calculate their average Math SAT score, are required to guess the number of correct questions they have answered out of the total 44 questions and scale it with the Math Section Score in the table given below. The math section of the SAT does not carry any negative marking. So, for example, if a candidate feels that he has answered 50 questions correctly, his Math Section score would be 700.

Candidates are notified that the Math Section is divided into parts, the first containing a total of 20 questions and the second part containing a total of 44 questions. Candidates are required to add the estimated correct answers for both sections and map it with the SAT Math Section Score.

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Calculating SAT Reading & Writing Section Scores

The SAT Verbal Section Score is the combination of both the Reading Test Score and the Writing and Language Score. The Reading Test Score has a total of 54 questions, including the clubbed Writing questions. Candidates are required to guess the number of questions answered correctly for both sections, map the raw score to the scaled SAT Score, add both and multiply by 10. For example, Candidate A feels, he will get 40 questions correct in the Reading & Writing Section and answers 38 questions correctly in the Writing and Language Section. Then the score of the candidate is calculated like this: 40 questions answered correctly get mapped to 33 SAT Reading Test points, 38 questions answered correctly get mapped to 34 SAT Writing and Language Test points. We add the two points and multiply by 10, so, 38+34=72 * 10=720. The verbal score for Candidate A stands at 720.

Through this method, candidates can calculate their SAT scores. However, they can definitely expect the actual score to vary a little from the estimated score.

SAT Score Reports

Ideally, an SAT score report has section-wise scores and bifurcation looks something like this for a particular applicant:

The above-given SAT score report is just a sample, as a reference for students as to how SAT scores are calculated and released per section of SAT exam. There is an analysis of knowledge skills based on how the applicant has performed in each set of questions per section.

In order to check scores on SAT exam score reports based on each of the two sections, applicants can check out their performance on the College Board website and analyse their performance based on two areas, which are elaborated below:

SAT Score Comparisons

This is applicable to international students, who can assess and compare their scores with fellow SAT test-takers. The applicants will be able to see how they have performed and if they have outperformed other applicants. Secondly, the SAT score calculation is similarly based on how others have performed on the test and thus, how they have been scored. Applicants can compare their scores with their school peers too just to know how they performed. But this is available only on the College Board website.

SAT Percentile Score Section-Wise

For the percentiles given below in the image, the student’s SAT score is ranked among the test-takers from the previous 3 years, that is, students graduating annually. This is how SAT section-wise percentiles are calculated:

The SAT score report is a combination of scores, analysis and knowledge skills of the applicant. For further analysis of the individual scores in comparison to others, applicants can log in to their College Board accounts and analyse their scores. This is the ideal format in which SAT scores are released and individuals can keep a print out of it as and when they receive them.

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