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Understanding SAT Score

You get one point added to your score for each correct answer on the SAT, and lose one-quarter of a point for each wrong answer (except for Grid-ins). If you leave a question blank, you neither gain nor lose points. Incorrect answers to Grid-ins have no effect on your score. The totals are added up for all the Verbal and Math questions, and that produces two raw scores.

These numbers are not your SAT scores. The raw scores are converted into scale scores, each on a scale of 200 to 800, and these are the scores that are reported to you and the schools you apply for. The reports include sub-scores as well, but most schools focus on the three main scores.

Percentile Score, 2400 Scale (official, 2006)

99.98*     2400
99+           ≥2300
99              ≥2200
98              ≥2140
97              ≥2100
88              ≥1900
83             ≥1800
78             ≥1770
72             ≥1700
61             ≥1600
48             ≥1500
36             ≥1400
15             ≥1200
4                ≥1010
1                ≥790

* The percentile of the perfect score was 99.98 on the 2400 scale and 99.93 on the 1600 scale.

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