# How Do You Calculate SAT Score Raw and Scaled

You know your SAT score is important for college admissions and even things like scholarships, but

how does your SAT score get calculated?

I’ll show the steps to calculating your final SAT score so you can get an accurate idea of how well you’re doing on the exam.

## Step 1: Determine Your Raw Scores

Your raw score is simply calculated using the number of questions you answered correctly.

• For every question you answer correctly on the SAT, you receive

one point

.
• There is no penalty for guessing or skipping.

The maximum possible raw score varies by section (and depends on the total number of questions asked). For example, for the Reading Test, there are 52 questions, so the maximum raw score is 52. If you answered all 52 questions correctly, you would have a raw score of 52. For Math, there are 58 questions. For Writing, there are 44 multiple-choice questions.

SAT essay prompts

and the

SAT essay rubric

.

## Step 2: Convert the Raw Scores to Scaled Scores

The raw score is converted into the scale score (on the 200 to 800 scale for each section) using a table

. This table varies by SAT test date. The table is used as a way to make sure each test is “standardized”. The table is a way of making “easier” SAT tests equal to the “harder” SAT tests. For instance, a raw score of 57 in Math might translate to an 800 on one test date and 790 on another.

For Math, you simply convert your raw score to final section score using the table. For the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score, there is an extra step.

You get individual raw scores for the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test. These two raw scores are the converted into two scaled test scores using a table. The two test scores are then added together and multiplied by 10 to give you your final Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score (from 200 to 800). I’ll explain this more in-depth with examples below:

You cannot know what the raw to scale score conversion will be in advance.

While the exact raw to scale score conversion will vary by testing date, here’s an example chart from one of the official College Board

SAT Practice Tests

:

 Raw Score Math Section Score Reading Test Score Writing and Language Test Score 58 800 57 790 56 780 55 760 54 750 53 740 52 730 40 51 710 40 50 700 39 49 690 38 48 680 38 47 670 37 46 670 37 45 660 36 44 650 35 40 43 640 35 39 42 630 34 38 41 620 33 37 40 610 33 36 39 600 32 35 38 600 32 34 37 590 31 34 36 580 31 33 35 570 30 32 34 560 30 32 33 560 29 31 32 550 29 30 31 540 28 30 30 530 28 29 29 520 27 28 28 520 26 28 27 510 26 27 26 500 25 26 25 490 25 26 24 480 24 25 23 480 24 25 22 470 23 24 21 460 23 23 20 450 22 23 19 440 22 22 18 430 21 21 17 420 21 21 16 410 20 20 15 390 20 19 14 380 19 19 13 370 19 18 12 360 19 17 11 340 17 16 10 330 17 16 9 320 16 15 8 310 15 14 7 290 15 13 6 280 14 13 5 260 13 12 4 240 12 11 3 230 11 10 2 210 10 10 1 200 10 10 0 200 10 10

Note:

this is just an example. The exact conversion chart will vary slightly depending on the individual test.

Why are Reading and Writing and Language listed as separate sections?

Why are they graded from 10-40 instead of 200-800? As I mentioned briefly before,

y

ou get separate raw scores for the Reading and Writing and Language.

You then take these two raw scores and convert them into two scale scores using the above table. For example, if you answered 33 correctly in Reading and 39 correctly in Writing and Language, your scale scores would be 29 and 35, respectively.

These two scaled scores are then added together and multiplied by 10 to give you your final Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score

(from 200 to 800). Continuing the above example, if your scale scores were 29 for Reading and 35 for Writing and Language, your final Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scaled score would be:

(29 + 35) x 10 = 64 x 10 =

640

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## Step 3: Take the Scaled Scores and Add Them Together

Once you have your scaled score for both the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections,

you just add them together to get your overall SAT composite score.

For example, if you scored a 710 in Math and 640 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, your composite score would be 710+640 = 1350.

## How to Understand Your SAT Score Report

The College Board gives you the breakdown of your incorrect, correct, and omitted answers on your SAT score report in addition to your final scaled scores. See below excerpts from a real new SAT score report:

Note that on this test, the raw Math score was out of 57, not 58, points. This sometimes happens when a question on the test is deemed to be unfair or unanswerable and the SAT drops it from everyone’s scoring.

For the Reading and Writing and Language sections on this SAT score report, this student’s raw scores were

52

and

42

. These raw SAT section scores scaled to section scores of

40

39

(Writing and Language), which translated to a

790 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Score

:

(40 + 39) x 10 = 790

I’d like to emphasize that you will not be able to determine what the full table of raw to scaled scores conversion was from your score report. Instead, you will only be able to determine what your raw score was and see how it translated to your scaled score.

## What This Means for You

Once you have determined your target SAT score

in terms of raw score, you can use it to determine your SAT test strategy options.

We have plenty of resources to help you out. Once you know what SAT score you’re aiming for and how far you are from that goal score, you can begin to develop a study plan, gather study materials, and get to work on raising your score!

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