Score Structure

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With more scores, the SAT helps colleges form a clearer picture of you and your readiness for college. Learn about the SAT’s place in the vertical score scale that spans all tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments.


Did You Take the SAT Before March 2016? 

You took a different SAT, with a different score scale. Learn how your test was scored.

SAT Score Ranges for the SAT

SAT Score Reported Details Score Range
Total score Sum of the two section scores. 400–1600
Section scores (2) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. 200–800
Test scores (3) Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. 10–40

SAT Essay scores (3)

The SAT Essay is optional.

Reading, Analysis, and Writing. 2–8
Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.

These scores show how well you use your skills to analyze texts and solve problems in these subject areas. 
Subscores (7) Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math. 1–15