Your SAT score report will arrive in the mail a few weeks after you have taken the test. This report will include three SAT scores: one for math, one for writing, and one for verbal. These three SAT scores will be scaled, meaning they will be fit to a range that runs from a low of 200 to a perfect score of 800. An absolutely perfect SAT score would total 2400 (3 times 800). Of course, almost no one scores that high. The median score on any one section of the test is just over 500, making a score a bit above 1500 the median. Each score is always rounded to the nearest ten, meaning that your score will always end in a zero. So, if someone you know brags about a 2274 SAT score, … well we probably shouldn’t encourage you to “rough them up” … uhm, feel free to use your own imagination!
Quite simply, your raw SAT scores are calculated as the number of questions you answered correctly less a fraction of the number of questions you answered incorrectly.
For the trivia types, please note it is your raw score that is used to determine the scaled, or official score.
Your percentile score is probably the one that will give you a bit more comfort with your overall SAT score — assuming you are like so many SAT students we have encountered over the years. Quite simply, your percentile score indicates the percent of other test takers who scored lower than you. Hence, if you are in the 90 percentile for a test section, that means that 90% of the other SAT test takers did worse than you in that particular section.