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Understanding the Scoring System of New SAT®

There is no better way to understand New SAT®’s scoring system than to analyze a sample New SAT® Score Report.

New SAT® Total Score & Sectional Scores

New SAT® is scored on a scale of 400 to 1600. This score is arrived from the following:

Score Range Highest Possible Score Lowest Possible Score Score Increment
Total Score 1600 400 10
Evidence Based Reading & Writing section 800 200 10
Math Section 800 200 10
Essay Scores      
- Reading 8 2 1
- Analysis 8 2 1
- Writing 8 2 1

A good way to understand the New SAT® score is by looking at the SAT® score - percentile conversion:

NRS%ile:

The Nationally Representative Sample Percentiles are derived via research study samples of U.S. students in the 11th and 12th grade weighted to represent all U.S. students in those grades, regardless of whether they typically take the SAT®.

SAT® User %ile:

The SAT® User Percentile - National Percentiles are derived via a research study sample of U.S. college bound students in the 11th and 12th grades, weighted to represent students who typically take the SAT® last as 11th- or 12th-graders.

New SAT®Test Scores

In addition to the total and sectional scores, you will also receive test scores on the following:

Score Range Highest Possible Score Lowest Possible Score Score Increment
Reading 40 10 1
Writing and Language 40 10 1
Math 40 10 1

New SAT®Cross Test Scores

Your performance on the below topics across the test is captured in the Cross Test Scores:

Score Range Highest Possible Score Lowest Possible Score Score Increment
Analysis in History/Social Studies 40 10 1
Analysis in Sciences 40 10 1

New SAT® Sub-scores

Finally, your understanding in the following skill areas will be covered in the sub-scores:

Score Range Highest Possible Score Lowest Possible Score Score Increment
Command of Evidence 15 1 1
Words in Context 15 1 1
Expression of Ideas 15 1 1
Standard English Conventions 15 1 1
Heart of Algebra 15 1 1
Problem Solving & Data Analysis 15 1 1
Passport to Advanced Maths 15 1 1

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