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The Meaning of SAT Scores

Understanding the Complexity of SAT Scores and Universities That Accept SAT Scores
  • Nitin
  • 06 Jun, 2019

The Scholastic Assessment Test, commonly known as the SAT, is among the most popular and widely accepted test across the globe.

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Administered by the College Board, the SAT is a passport for students who are willing to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the world. Once you take the SAT exam, you will likely to receive your SAT scores within 2 to 6 weeks after the SAT exam date. You can get SAT scorecard via logging in to the official website of the College Board – if you have registered via College Board website – or if you have registered for SAT test via email, you can get your SAT score via email. There is another option to get SAT scores report, which is via phone; however, this option will have an additional fee.

SAT Scores Sending Process

When you apply for any college or university based on your SAT scores, that particular college requires the SAT test administrator, the College Board, to send them the official SAT score report directly. You can select as many four free colleges to send your SAT score to. And, if you want to send your SAT score card to more than four colleges, you can do so by signing in to your College Board account with an additional fee.

The SAT scores report is as complex as the SAT test itself. If you think, you’re going to get one total score out of 1600, you need to know more about the SAT scoring scheme. After taking the SAT test, you will get 18 distinct scores that will have detailed information about your performance in the SAT test. This way, it will not only help you secure a seat in good colleges but also help colleges and universities to know about your academic strengths and weaknesses. Let us take a look at the SAT score report range here!

SAT Score Report

SAT Section

Score Range

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section

200 – 800

Math Section

200 – 800

Essay (Optional)

3 individual scores

Test Scores

3 individual scores

Cross-test score

2 individual scores

Sub-scores

7 individual scores

Total Scores

400 – 1600 points

 

SAT Raw Scores

SAT Raw scores depict the number of questions you have attempted in each section of the SAT test. The maximum number of questions in the Reading test, Writing & Language and Math test are 52, 44 and 58 respectively. Since there is no negative marking in the SAT test, you should attempt all the questions in each section in the stipulated time. The SAT test administrators, then, convert these raw scores on a scale of 200 to 800 points. The scaled scores are what decide your percentile ranking taking into the consideration of all the other test takers’ performance in the SAT exam.

SAT Individual Scores

‘Test Scores’ is another component that you will find in your SAT test report. The raw scores you attain in each category are converted into the scaled scores in the range from 10 to 40 for each category.

The maximum score for the Writing & Language and the Reading section is 800. You can calculate your total Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score in these categories by adding two scores together and multiplying them by 10.

To calculate your Math score, you can first multiply your test score by two – for the` calculator and non-calculator portion – and then multiply them again by 10.

SAT Essay Score

No matter if the Essay section in the SAT test is optional, you must take include it in your SAT exam as Essay Scores are mandatory to apply for some schools. Since, it’s an additional part of the exam, even if you don’t do well in this Essay section, it won’t put any negative impression on your performance. However, performing well in the Essay section may help you stand out from other applicants and increase your chances of getting a good college.

SAT Essay score report is divided into three individual scores based on:

  1. Your understanding of the essay theme and implications.
  2. Your understanding of the argument and the ability to develop new ideas using the evidence stated in the essay.
  3. Your writing-aptitude and the command on the English language.

SAT Cross-Test Score

The SAT cross-scores depict your overall performance in all the SAT sections and put it into two individual scores. These two individual scores show your aptitude in the analysis of Science and Social Studies/ History. Your cross-scores range from 10 to 40 and show your potential to analyse and solve the problems related to Science and Social Studies/ History subjects.

SAT Sub-Scores

The SAT Sub-scores depict your section-wise overall performance in the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections. The Math section will provide you with three sub-scores while the Evidence-Based Writing and Reading section will give you four sub-scores for questions containing in these sections. These sub-scores are scaled on 1 to 15.

Top 25 Ranking Colleges and Universities That Accept the SAT Scores

University

US News

Ranking (2018)

25th Percentile SAT Score

75th Percentile SAT Score

Average SAT Score

Princeton University

1

1470

1590

1520

Harvard University

2

1470

1600

1540

University of Chicago

3 (tie)

1490

1590

1540

Yale University

3 (tie)

1490

1600

1540

Columbia University

5 (tie)

1470

1590

1530

MIT University

5 (tie)

1480

1590

1520

Stanford University

5 (tie)

1450

1590

1520

University of Pennsylvania (Penn)

8

1450

1570

1510

Duke University

9

1480

1590

1540

Caltech University

10

1530

1600

1560

Dartmouth University

11 (tie)

1410

1580

1500

Johns Hopkins University

11 (tie)

1460

1570

1510

Northwestern University

11 (tie)

1480

1580

1510

Brown University

14 (tie)

1440

1580

1500

Cornell University

14 (tie)

1410

1570

1480

Rice University

14 (tie)

1450

1570

1510

Vanderbilt University

14 (tie)

1480

1590

1530

Notre Dame University

18 (tie)

1410

1550

1490

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL)

18 (tie)

1460

1570

1510

Georgetown University

20

1390

1550

1460

Emory University

21 (tie)

1350

1520

1430

UC Berkeley University

21 (tie)

1330

1540

1440

UCLA University

21 (tie)

1250

1500

1370

University of Southern California (USC)

21 (tie)

1360

1540

1450

Carnegie Mellon University

25 (tie)

1430

1560

1490

University of Virginia (UVA)

25 (tie)

1330

1510

1410


Other 75 Popular Colleges and Universities That Accept SAT Scores

School

25th Percentile

SAT Score

75th Percentile

SAT Score

Average

SAT Score

American University (AU)

1230

1410

1320

Amherst College

1430

1570

1500

Baylor University (BU)

1200

1380

1290

Binghamton University (BU)

1290

1440

1360

Boston College (BC)

1350

1510

1440

Boston University (BU)

1290

1470

1370

Bowdoin College

1440

1560

1500

Brigham Young University (BYU)

1220

1420

1320

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

1200

1420

1300

Chapman University (CU)

1200

1380

1290

Claremont McKenna College (CMC)

1430

1550

1490

College of William & Mary (W&M)

1340

1510

1430

Drexel University (DU)

1160

1370

1270

The George Washington University (GW, GWU)

1280

1450

1370

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

1380

1530

1450

Harvey Mudd College (HMC)

1450

1570

1510

Indiana University Bloomington (IU, IUB)

1140

1350

1240

Lehigh University 

1300

1480

1370

Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

1200

1380

1290

Miami University (MU)

1210

1420

1300

Michigan State University (MSU)

1050

1310

1190

Middlebury College

1360

1540

1450

New York University (NYU)

1320

1500

1410

Northeastern University

1400

1530

1470

Ohio State University (OSU)

1240

1440

1330

Pace University

1030

1220

1140

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

1180

1370

1270

Pepperdine University

1190

1390

1290

Pitzer College (PIT)

1310

1510

1400

Pomona College (POM)

1430

1560

1500

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

1360

1540

1420

Rutgers University (RU)

1190

1410

1300

Scripps College (SCR)

1370

1500

1430

Stony Brook University—SUNY (SBU)

1210

1430

1310

Syracuse University (SU)

1170

1370

1270

Temple University (TU)

1120

1330

1230

Texas A&M University

1130

1360

1250

Texas Christian University (TCU)

1160

1360

1260

Trinity College

1200

1440

1320

Tufts University (TU)

1440

1550

1490

Tulane University (TU)

1340

1480

1410

UC Davis

1160

1410

1290

UC Irvine

1120

1370

1250

UC Riverside

1110

1320

1190

UC San Diego (UCSD)

1250

1450

1350

UC Santa Barbara (UCSB)

1210

1440

1330

UC Santa Cruz

1150

1380

1260

United States Military Academy (West Point, US Military Academy)

1250

1440

1340

United States Naval Academy (US Naval Academy)

1250

1450

1400

University of Alabama (UA)

1070

1290

1190

University of Arizona (UA)

1050

1290

1170

University of Cincinnati (UC)

1110

1350

1230

University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)

1150

1370

1250

University of Connecticut (UConn)

1220

1410

1300

University of Florida (UF)

1250

1420

1330

University of Georgia (UGA)

1230

1400

1330

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

1310

1480

1390

University of Iowa (UI)

1080

1370

1220

University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)

1200

1380

1290

University of Miami (UM)

1270

1450

1360

University of Michigan (UM, U-M)

1370

1530

1450

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UM)

1250

1480

1360

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(UNC)

1280

1460

1370

University of Pittsburgh (Pitt)

1250

1420

1340

University of Rochester (UR)

1320

1510

1410

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

1240

1450

1350

University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas)

1210

1420

1310

University of Vermont (UVM)

1180

1370

1280

University of Washington (UW)

1190

1420

1300

University of Wisconsin—Madison (UW)

1280

1470

1370

Vassar College

1400

1530

1470

Villanova University

1280

1460

1370

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

1160

1390

1280

Wake Forest University (WFU)

1290

1470

1380

Wellesley College

1370

1530

1460

Williams College

1410

1570

1490

 

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