# How Sat Scores Are Calculated

The SAT is a standardized test that measures your academic performance in reading and math. It’s important to know how your scores are calculated, so that you can make an estimate of how many points you’ll get on each section. That way, when the results come back, you can see how well (or not) your score matches up with what was predicted!

## How Sat Scores Are Calculated

### Raw scores are converted to scores on a scale ranging from 200 to 800 for each section.

Your raw score is the number of correct answers you gave in each section. Your scaled score is a number between 200 and 800 for each section that’s used to calculate your overall SAT score. It’s the same for everyone who takes the test, so it doesn’t matter how many questions you answered correctly or incorrectly—the scores are always based on a standardized scale.

The raw scores are converted to scaled scores using statistical formulas that predict performance patterns among test-takers as a whole, so they can’t be broken down into specific percentages. Raw scores are used only by ETS, not colleges or schools looking at student records. This means that even if you knew what most people got on each question (and why), knowing this won’t help you improve your performance or get into your dream school!

### The maximum total score is 1600.

The SAT is a 2-hour and 45 minute test, consisting of three sections: math, critical reading and writing. Each section has a maximum score of 800 points. While a combined total score of 2400 is possible (if you get every single question right), the highest individual section score is 800 points.

Not everyone achieves this perfect score, though! In fact, only an estimated 1% of students achieve a perfect 1600 on the SAT each year.

### The SAT has two sections, one on math and one on reading comprehension, which count equally toward your final score.

There are two sections on the SAT: one in math and one in reading comprehension. These are weighted equally toward your final score, which ranges from 200 to 800.

### Each section is curved separately, so that the scores on the two sections can be combined without difficulty.

Each section is curved separately, so that the scores on the two sections can be combined without difficulty. The curves are based on data from previous administrations of the test. The curves show how many questions each test-taker answered correctly or incorrectly at various levels of performance.

### The curve is based on the number of questions you answered correctly and how difficult they were.

Your raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly. The SAT is curved on a scale from 200 to 800, so the raw score determines whether you get a perfect score or not.

The difficulty of each question also determines your raw score: harder questions are worth more points than easier ones. So, if you answered all the hardest questions correctly and missed some easy ones, your total will be lower than someone who got most answers correct overall but missed some of the toughest ones too!

### There are a total of 154 questions possible on the SAT (68 in math, 86 in reading), together worth up to 1600 points.

As you might have guessed, each of the 154 questions is worth different amounts depending on how difficult it is for test-takers to answer. The TRACS algorithm uses these factors to assign a point value to each question.

The way this works is as follows:

• Each question has a raw score; this means that if you get the question right, you get that many points. For example, if there are 2 possible answers and I answer correctly while 1% of other students also get it right, my raw score is 1%.
• On top of this raw score is added an adjustment based on how difficult the question was—if it was harder than average (i.e., less than 50% got it right), then I receive more points; if it was easier than average (more than 65% got it right), then I receive fewer points; otherwise my adjustment remains unchanged from its raw value.

### Some questions contribute more to your score than others, depending on how many test-takers get them right and how difficult they are to answer.

The SAT is a standardized test that measures your knowledge of English, math, and reading. It’s intended to measure your ability to succeed in college.

The questions on the SAT are designed to be answered correctly by around 67% of test-takers, so some questions contribute more to your score than others, depending on how many test-takers get them right and how difficult they are to answer.