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Scoring Changes

The redesigned SAT provides more information than ever before — and greater insight into student readiness. To make the most of SAT data, higher education professionals need to:

  • Use concordance tables to compare scores on the redesigned SAT with those that predate it.
  • Decide how their college will use the new subscores and cross-test scores.
  • Set score criteria for preliminary applicant screening.
  • Coordinate technical implementation to ensure that your information systems are set up to intake electronic scores using the new data layout.
Important:

Score Delivery Dates

SAT scores are delivered on a rolling basis. Get the latest delivery schedule.

Quick Facts

  • The redesigned SAT has a 400- to 1600-point score scale. View a summary of the score structure.
  • Scores for the optional Essay are reported separately.
  • There’s no penalty for guessing: The redesigned test will use rights-only scoring.

Vertical Scaling

Every exam in the SAT Suite of Assessments, including the redesigned SAT and the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT, focuses on the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for students in different grades.

The exams share a score scale, providing students and educators with consistent feedback and making it easier to measure progress toward college readiness from test to test. Section scores on the PSAT/NMSQT range from 160 to 760 while section scores on the SAT range from 200 to 800.

Recruitment Strategy

Scoring changes can affect higher education recruitment strategies. Vertical scaling means that if students took a PSAT-related assessment and the SAT on the same day, they would get the same score on both tests. This makes it easier to understand what to expect from younger students when they reach college.

Outreach to younger students should always account for their potential growth. When a student takes the SAT at least six months after taking a PSAT-related assessment, they can generally expect to see their scores increase by 20 points in each section (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or a total increase of 40 points.