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How to Get your SAT Score

Generally, SAT scores are released in 15 days from the test date.

Sign in to your College Board account and to the online SAT score report to view your total SAT scores. On the score release day, you can view the SAT scores of all sections except the Essay. Within the following week, the Essay score will be available. In order to print the score report, click the view details button on the online score report page and then click, “download report” in the top right corner of the page. Also, within 10 days after you receive your scores, the College Board will send the scores to the colleges you have chosen.

SAT Score Release Dates 2023

SAT Test Date *Score release date
Mar 11, 2023 Mar 24, 2023
May 6, 2023 May 19, 2023
June 3, 2023 June 16, 2023

 

Let us find out what to do if you’re having trouble accessing your released scores:

Not all students receive the SAT scores at the same time, there would be some difference in the score release time, so don’t panic. Wait for 24 hours and try one by one the following.

  • Log in to your College Board account student score portal and follow the instructions to verify your account on the College Board site.
  • Log in to the student score portal and learn how to use your registration number from the SAT or Subject Tests to verify your account.
  • Did you have another account on the College Board? Maybe you or your parents, or your counselor could have made it. Log out now and log back in using the other account.
  • In case you are looking for old scores, please call the College Board to request old scores. But note that you will need to pay a fee.

 

How to Improve SAT Scores

Few ways which helps a candidate to improve their SAT score :

  • Work on the Vocabulary.
  • Read and Write as much as possible.
  • Optimum utilization of Study Materials
  • Take Practice Tests
  • Understand and Memorize Formulas
  • Make the Test Work for You

 

SAT Score Report

When the SAT result releases, a score report is also released, and the score report consists of –

  • Total Score – The score is the sum of the two sections’ scores, ranging from 400 – 1600.
  • Sectional Score – Sectional score of the two sections – EBRW and Math Section range from 200 – 800.
  • Sub-score – Subs-cores are the multiple scores for Math, Reading, Writing and Language sections ranging from 1 – 15. The purpose of sub-scores is to provide students with an insight into the student’s performance.
  • Essay Score (if applicable) – Candidate’s who have attempted SAT Essay will have the score mentioned in the score report – Essay

Reading (2 – 8 points), Essay Writing (2 – 8 points), and Essay Analysis (2 – 8 points).

  • Student’s Percentile – Percentile score reveals how the student has performed in the SAT Exam in comparison to other candidate’s.

 

SAT Subject Test Percentiles

The SAT Subject tests percentile is different from SAT Subject Percentiles. It compares a student’s rank to other students who attempted the SAT Exam. Different subject tests will be incorrect to compare the Subject Test Language percentile to SAT Subject Test Math score.

 

SAT Score v/s Percentile

SAT Scaled Score Range (Out of 1600) Percentile
1600 99+
1550 99+
1510 99
1450 98
1400 95
1330 90
1230 80
1170 71
1110 61
1060 51
1000 40
950 31
890 21
810 11
750 5
680 1
630 1-
400 1-

 

Students can also check these alternative methods to receive their SAT scores –

  • Scores : Paper Report – If the registration has been done for SAT through the mail and candidates do not have a College Board account will receive Paper Score Reports.
  • Scores : By Phone – If the candidates have applied via phone will get the Score report over the phone. However, an extra fee must be paid for the same.

Candidates can also access the scores by logging in to their College Board accounts and downloading the score receipts.

 

SAT Results : Cut-off

The SAT is a standardized test, it changes with every new exam so there is no universal SAT cutoff– it isn’t a pass/fail system, but one used to measure the level against other candidates. Ivy league universities set a highest benchmark of 1500, with a score of above 680 in Math and above 600 in Reading and Writing sections. Harvard, Yale and MIT are those] few universities.

Universities often have cutoffs for their admission requirements, but these vary greatly from institution to institution, so checking entry requirements is a good practice for anyone applying as they change with the average SAT results of that attempt/year.

 

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FAQ's

How Important Are SAT Scores?

Yes, the SAT scores are important. They decide your admits to the elite colleges. Also, the higher the score, the more the chances of Merit- scholarships. And the SAT scores are a way to balance your school GPA too.

Is my SAT score more important than my grades?

The importance of the SAT score depends on the college that you are applying to. A good SAT score certainly will have an edge over an average GPA but that doesn’t mean the SAT score compensates for a lower GPA. You need to balance your GPA and SAT score. Yes, a great SAT score may win you a merit scholarship.

What’s a good SAT score?

A good SAT score depends on your capacities and skills to do well in the Test but majorly on which university you want to apply to. Any score that gets you to a great university is good enough. So a score of 1300 may be enough for some universities, yet a score of 1500 may be the minimum score for some universities.

Do colleges see all my SAT scores?

You are allowed to send your SAT scores to 4 colleges after your test. So, if you do avail that, those colleges will be able to see your scores. The good news is that College Board has an option called Score Choice, which allows students to only send scores that best reflect their ability. The bad news is that not all colleges participate in the Score Choice option.

What are the average SAT scores?

The Global average SAT test takers’ score for 2020 was a 480 in Evidence based-Reading & Writing and a 530 in SAT Math. Whereas Manya SAT students’ average score for 2020 was 635 in the SAT Evidence based-Reading & Writing and a 715 on SAT Math.

What can I do to get a high SAT score on my first attempt?

You have to see that you take enough time off for the preparation. A lot more SAT practice tests must be taken. Care should be taken to understand your errors and stop repeating them in the subsequent tests. Know your target score and work gradually with every SAT practice test to reach that high score. Work smartly. You need not work on every question to get a high score. Do the easier and medium ones faster and accurately. Make more time for the harder ones but if it’s really a killer question, guess. Finish the paper; that is important.

How and where do I find out my SAT score?

You have to register for the SAT through an account you create with College Board. When the scores are out, you will have to log in to your account to know your scores.

Am I allowed to use a calculator?

Yes, you are but it has to be a scientific calculator/graphical calculator. Check here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy for the type of calculator prescribed.

Can I Cancel My SAT Scores?

Yes, you can. But the advice is that until and unless you really know that you haven’t done the minimum number of questions right or something unexpectedly went wrong on test day, do NOT cancel your score. You cannot recover your score once cancelled.

How can I send SAT scores to colleges?

The fees that you pay for the SAT exam enable you to send your scores to 4 colleges. If you still want to send your scores to few other colleges, you have to pay an extra amount. Please look into the College Board website for the details.

Can I get my SAT scores double-checked?

For double-checking your SAT scores, you have to avail yourself of the Score verification services from College Board. This answer checking is allowed for every SAT exam that you take. It can be the QAS or Question answer services OR the SAS/student answer services. You can apply for it before the test or even after the test. The service is available online with your score report.

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