SAT® Score Calculator for 2022 | Albert Resources (2023)

Are you taking the SAT® exam soon and not sure how you might do? Then you’re at the right place! With this interactive SAT® score calculator, you can predict how your raw score translates to your SAT® score to answer the common question, “Is my SAT® score good enough?”

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How do you calculate SAT® scores?

When the SAT® revamped in March of 2016, scores became easier to calculate. The test went back to being scored out of a total possible 1600 points.

When calculating your SAT® score, there are a few key components:

First, there is your reading test raw score. This raw score is equivalent to the number of SAT® Reading questions you get correct on the test (there are 52 in total). From your raw score, a Reading Test Score is calculated between 10-40.

Next, there is your writing and language test raw score. This is equal to the number of questions you get right out of the 44 questions in this section. From your raw score, a Writing and Language Test Score is calculated between 10-40.

Adding your Reading Test Score and Writing and Language Test Score becomes your Reading and Writing Test Score (which ranges from 20-80). This number is multiplied by 10 to get your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section Score (between 200-800).

Finally, there is your math score. For this section, you add the raw score (the number of correct answers) from both the no calculator and calculator sections to get your math section raw score. This is then converted using a scoring chart to output your Math Section Score (between 200-800).

This means your total SAT® score can range from 400-1600.

What’s the difference between SAT® raw scores and SAT® scale scores? How are they calculated?

As noted in the prior question, SAT® raw scores are equivalent to the number of correct answers you got in a section. The SAT® does not have a guessing penalty and only cares about the total number of correct answers.

SAT® scale scores are how your raw scores translate when converted to section scores — these are between 200-800 for the two sections (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math), to give you a total SAT® score between 400-1600.

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What is a good SAT® score? Decent score? Bad score?

A good SAT® score really depends on the student and their aspirations. For example, if you’re applying to Harvard and have a 1200 SAT® score, it’s unlikely you’ll get in since Harvard’s average score is typically over 1500. That being said, if you’re applying to Michigan State University with that same score, that would be competitive for your college application.

Generally, in our opinion, anything that falls into the top 30% of graduating high school students should be considered a good SAT® score. When you review the 2019 SAT® score trends, you see the nationally representative sample average SAT® score is 1120. The 70th percentile SAT® test taker is 1170.

The former number compares how students did on the SAT® to an overall sample of all students grades 11-12, regardless of whether or not they took the SAT®. The latter number applies the actual scores of students in the past three graduating classes to the latest SAT®.

A decent SAT® score would probably be something around the 50th percentile. Using the nationally representative sample, you’d find this to be a 1010. Looking at just SAT® test takers, the 50th percentile SAT® score would be between a 1050 and 1060.

A bad SAT® score is quite subjective, but if you were looking at it from a percentiles standpoint, it could be any score below the 25th percentile. Looking at the nationally representative sample, this is between 870 and 880. For just SAT® test takers, it’d be a 910.

Is 1600 a good SAT® score?

Yes! A 1600 is not just a good SAT® score, it’s a perfect SAT® score. Just like the ACT®, depending on the particular test, there is sometimes leeway on how to get a perfect SAT® score. In other words, there are edge cases where you may be able to get one Reading question wrong and still get an 800 for your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section Score.

How hard is it to get a 1400 on the SAT®?

It can be pretty tough to score a 1400 on the SAT®. Scoring a 1400 means you’re in the 97th percentile for the nationally representative sample and the 94th percentile among SAT® test takers.

Furthermore, if you were to assume you wanted to score a 700 in both sections and you play around with the score calculator above, you’d see that to score a 700 in math, you can only miss around eight questions on average.

Then, to score a 700 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, you’d only be able to miss around eight questions in SAT® Reading and five questions in SAT® Writing.

Is 1200 a good SAT® score?

A 1200 is a good SAT® score. When you review the 2019 SAT® score trends, you’d see that a 1200 equates to the 81st percentile for the nationally representative sample, and 74th percentile for SAT® test takers. This means scoring a 1200 on the SAT® puts you in the top quartile of high school students taking the test.

What is the average SAT® score?

The average SAT® score is typically between 1010 and 1060. This is pulled from the SAT® score trend data in which the 50th percentile for the nationally representative sample was a 1010, and among SAT® test takers, the 50th percentile fell between a 1050 and 1060.

Why is the SAT® exam curved?

The SAT® exam itself is not curved relative to test takers. That being said, the College Board does put each test through a process referred to as equating. This process ensures no student receives an advantage or disadvantage from taking a particular for on the SAT® on a particular day.

In other words, it ensures a test score of 500 equals a test score 500 on an SAT® from another day.

The equating process is also why you’ll notice that when you use our SAT® score calculator, there are sometimes variances in how you might have scored on one practice test versus another. There can be cases for instance where getting a perfect score in Math was necessary for an 800, while you could get one question wrong in another.

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Since the last SAT® change in March 2016, the SAT® has remained consistent in terms of how raw scores translate to scale scores.

How do I read my SAT® Score Report?

The College Board provides a helpful short video on how to understand your SAT® score report here.

The first step is navigating to

Upon logging in, you’ll see your total SAT® score, which combines your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section and Math Section score.

In your SAT® Score Report, you’ll also find specifics on your test scores (number correct and incorrect in each section), cross-test scores (how you analyze texts and solve problems that are interdisciplinary with Science and History) and subscores (how you performed on specific key concepts).

These sections will be color coded so you know exactly where you need to improve.

If you took the essay, you’ll see how you did on reading, writing, and analysis.

If you prefer not watching a video on this, you can review the College Board’s PDF resource on reading SAT® Score Reports here.

Why should I use this SAT® score calculator?

Albert’s SAT® score calculator uses official practice test curves from the College Board. This means our calculations are accurate and up-to-date to the practice materials shared from the test maker.

If you’re ever in doubt and would like to confirm the score conversion charts for yourself, you can review the official resources here.

We made this SAT® score calculator because we saw that everyone else simply replicated the tables when creating what they called a “calculator”. Interactive score calculators with sliders are a way more visual and fun way to motivate yourself to preparing for your SAT®. They help you actually play with levers on what sections you could see the biggest boost in your score from to get your desired SAT® score.

How do you figure out your SAT® superscore?

To figure out your SAT® superscore, you’ll need to first compile all of the test days you took the SAT®. Next, look for your highest scores for SAT® Evidence-Based Reading and SAT® Math.

So for example, if you got a 700 on one SAT® Math test, and a 750 on another, you’d choose the 750.

Finally, total your highest scores — this is your SAT® superscore.

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How to calculate your SAT score 2022? ›

The total score is the sum of the two section scores; its range is 400–1600. Students receive scores in the range of 200–800 for each of two sections. For the paper-based version, the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score combines the scores for the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test.

Is the SAT curved 2022? ›

College Board reports that, contrary to popular belief, the SAT is not graded on a curve. That means you are not evaluated based on how well you did compared to other test-takers who took the SAT the same day.

What is the average SAT score in 2022? ›

Data Summary. In 2022, the average total SAT score was 1050, the lowest since the test changed format in 2016. Broken down by section, the average score was 529 for the evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) section and 521 for the math. More than 1.7 million high school students took the SAT in 2022.

How many questions do you need to get right to get a 1400 on the SAT? ›

A 1400 overall would be a 700 in English and a 700 in Math. We would also assume 350 in Reading and 350 in Writing.

How many questions can you miss on the SAT to get a 1500? ›

To get 1500 SAT, you need to get at least 48 right out of 52 in the Reading section. 41 right out of 44 in the Language section and 55 right out of 58 in the Maths section.

How many people get a 1600 on the SAT? ›

A 1600 is only achieved by around 300 test takers per year and makes you eligible and highly competitive for admission at every college. Looking at this from another angle, a 1600 SAT score is in the 99nth percentile, which means you scored higher than 99% of all other 2 million+ test takers.

Is SAT school day easier? ›

SAT School Day is an initiative designed to make it easier for students to take an official SAT.

Which SAT test is the hardest? ›

It depends on the student, but a consensus claims that Practice Test #3 could be the most difficult for a first-time SAT taker. It would help if you went over each practice test and ranked which one is hardest, so you can spend more time dealing with those before heading to the easier ones.

What month is the best SAT curve? ›

You may have heard it before: take the SAT in December because the curve is easier. Students are taking it for the first time and will be less prepared. Avoid the October test, because rising seniors will be taking it and therefore the curve will be very difficult.

How much do you need to pass the SAT 2022? ›

The minimum score on the SAT is 400, and the highest you can get is 1600. That said, the national average currently rests at 1060.

What college has a 100% acceptance rate? ›

Established in 1911 in southwestern Utah, Dixie State University features a 100% acceptance rate. The campus, which sits adjacent to the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, serves more than 11,000 students, about 60% of whom attend full time.

What is the minimum SAT score to get into college? ›

For a selective public institution like the University of Michigan, you'll want to hit at least 1350. Less selective public institutions, as well as many small liberal arts colleges, regularly accept applicants in the 950-1050 range.

How many questions can you miss on the SAT to get a 1200? ›

For Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, you can skip/answer incorrectly on average 9 questions on the writing portion and 12 questions on the reading portion. For Math, you can skip/answer incorrectly on average 17 questions between the calculator and no-calculator sections.

Is it easy to get 1200 on SAT? ›

A 1200 is an above average score that places you in approximately the 74th percentile of all high school students taking the exam.

What percentage of kids get 1400 SAT? ›

What percentile is a 1400 SAT score? A 1400 SAT score puts you at the 95th percentile, meaning you scored higher than 95% of all test takers.

Can you miss a question on the SAT and still get a 1600? ›

You can find official SAT practice tests and their scoring tables at the College Board. As you can see with the above SAT scoring chart, it's possible to get some questions wrong and still earn the max SAT score. Generally speaking, you can miss 1-2 questions on each section and still get a perfect 1600.

What should I do 2 days before the SAT? ›

3 days before the test date – Spend more time revising and working on those areas that you are still struggling with and which are causing you to lose marks. 2 days before the test date – It's time to take a step back and slow your pace down. Keep just an hour or two to revise and practice but do not overdo it.

Do you have to get every question right to get a 36? ›

Based on the ACT practice tests, most sections require you to miss 0 questions to receive a score of 36. However, in the Math section, you might be able to miss 1 question and still receive a 36. Receiving a score of 35 most often entails missing 1–3 questions in each section.

What was Mark Zuckerberg SAT score? ›

Mark Zuckerberg.

The founder of Facebook scored the perfect 1600 on the SAT and attended Harvard University. There's no surprise there on the score or prestigious university!

Can you get into Harvard with a 1600 SAT score? ›

As we said, admission to Harvard is extremely competitive. Even with a perfect SAT score of 1600 and a GPA of 4.0, your chances of admission are about 10%. With a perfect ACT score of 36 and a 4.0, your chances are about 13%.

Will a 1600 SAT get you into Harvard? ›

There's no absolute SAT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 1460 to have a chance at being considered.

How many hours should you study SAT everyday? ›

Generally, students put in 10 to 20 hours a week while preparing for the SAT, but that amount could be larger or smaller depending on your score goals. There are a couple of factors you should take into consideration when determining how many hours you'll need to put into your prep.

How many hours of studying is enough for SAT? ›

It is recommended you spend around 6–20 hours preparing for your first SAT. Give yourself enough time to take at least one full-length practice test and give yourself time to review the concepts you're struggling with.

What is the best time to take SAT? ›

It's generally best to take the SAT in the fall or spring of your junior year and then again in the fall of your senior year. The specific month you choose depends on your outside commitments and how much time you want to prepare for the exam.

Does Khan Academy improve SAT scores? ›

Khan Academy also partners with the College Board to offer eight real practice exams as well as content created from the partnership. It was found that those who use the Official SAT Practice for six hours or more scored 39 points higher. These tools and resources are all free.

Which state has the hardest SAT? ›

Wisconsin takes the cake for highest average SAT score with 1252. This is 192 points higher than the national average! But wait—Wisconsin also has lower test participation than most of the US at 2%.

Which is the easiest SAT? ›

Myth: The March SAT® is the easiest SAT test date. Fact: There's no such thing as “the easiest SAT test date.” While it's true that some versions of the SAT are easier than others, it's false that some test dates are predictably easier than others.

When should I rush my SAT scores? ›

Even if you haven't completed the rest of your application yet, colleges will hang on to your scores until you do. However, if you want to wait, I'd recommend sending your scores at least three weeks before the college's application deadline. All schools have different application deadlines.

Is the August or October SAT easier? ›

While you might have heard that taking the SAT during certain months can yield better results curve-wise, the truth is that this exam is equally difficult at all times of the year.

What months are easy to take SAT? ›

Try to take the SAT in August, October, or November. These three test dates should have little trouble getting your scores to colleges in time, assuming your earliest deadline is somewhere around January 1.

How easy is it to get 1500 on SAT? ›

Achieving a 1500+ score on the SAT is not an impossible task, but it will require you to adopt a well-crafted study plan and to have a comprehensive understanding of how the test and its scores are broken down.

Is taking the SAT twice enough? ›

Because of superscoring, it's a good idea to take the SAT at least twice if you can. Doing this allows you to raise your overall SAT score. Note that not all colleges superscore the SAT. As such, be sure to confirm each school's testing policy on its admissions website.

Is it fine to take SAT 4 times? ›

The short answer is that students can take the SAT as many times as they want. Students can do the SAT once, twice, thrice or more. That's right, there's no limit students can sit on the SAT. Knowing what to take to the SAT will help for each test taken.

What is a hidden Ivy League school? ›

The Hidden Ivies include many small colleges, such as Davidson College, Pomona College, Carleton College, and Oberlin College, as well as some large research universities, like Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California.

What is the cheapest but best colleges? ›

Top 100 - Most Affordable Mid-size to Large Colleges and Universities in 2023
RankSchool NameNet Price
1California State University–Dominquez Hills Carson, CA$1,640
2University of Texas–Pan American Edinburg, TX$2,500
3California State University–Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA$2,735
4CUNY Leman College Bronx, New York$2,327
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What is the easiest but best college to get into? ›

Colleges with 100% Acceptance Rates
  • South Florida State College (Avon Park, Florida)
  • St. ...
  • Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, New Hampshire)
  • University of Texas- El Paso (El Paso, Texas)
  • Utah Valley University (Orem, Utah)
  • Wayne State College (Wayne, Nebraska)
  • Wilmington University (New Castle, Delaware)
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What is the lowest SAT score ever recorded? ›

The lowest SAT score is 400. Your total SAT score is comprised of a Math section score and an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. Each SAT section is scored between 200 and 800 points. The average SAT score for the class of 2020 was 1051.

Is it harder to get into college without SAT? ›

A growing number of colleges no longer require standardized test scores for admissions. In fact, in 2022, two-thirds of colleges won't require SAT scores. That includes some Ivy League institutions.

What happens if I retake the SAT and get a lower score? ›

Additionally, if you retake the tests, you can choose which scores you send. And even if you sent all of your scores, many colleges will only consider your highest. So even if you were to get a lower score the second time, it would not matter.

How do I calculate my SAT score? ›

Your total score is a number between 400 and 1600. The total score is the sum of the two section scores: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. Each of these two section scores has a possible range of 200–800.

How do I figure out my SAT score? ›

Getting Your Scores
  1. Go to the Student Score Report home page. You'll need to sign into your College Board account to view this page. ...
  2. Click on a score to see your detailed score report. You can also click My Score Reports in the top-of-page navigation and select a score report you from the drop-down menu.

What is a good SAT score for 2022 overall? ›

A good score is in the range of 1300 to 1500 (Math: 650 to 750, Reading/Writing: 650 to 750). Colleges like Emory University with a 25.2 percent acceptance rate list accepted student SAT scores in the range of 1330 to 1520.

How do you calculate your SAT scores yourself? ›

To get your total score, you will convert what we call the “raw score” for each section — the number of questions you got right in that section — into the “scaled score” for that section, then calculate the total score. penalty for wrong answers. The number of correct answers is your raw score.

Can you borrow a calculator for the SAT? ›

Bring your own calculator. You can't share one. You can only use your calculator on the portion of the test labeled Math Test – Calculator. You may not use a calculator while working on the Math Test – No Calculator portions, or during the Reading and Writing and Language sections.

What is the best time to take the SAT? ›

It's generally best to take the SAT in the fall or spring of your junior year and then again in the fall of your senior year. The specific month you choose depends on your outside commitments and how much time you want to prepare for the exam.

Is the SAT curved? ›

Is the SAT Curved? Contrary to what you may believe, there is no SAT curve. This means your SAT score will never be affected by how other test takers perform on the test.

How many times should a student take the SAT? ›

Students can take the SAT as many times as they want. We recommend that they take it at least twice—in the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year. Most students get a higher score the second time, and most colleges consider a student's highest SAT score when making admission decisions.

How many questions is 100 points on the SAT? ›

You can improve your SAT score by 100 points by getting 5 more questions right on your retake. A 100 point improvement is very significant, and can mean all of the difference in college admissions and scholarship opportunities.

How many points do you get for each answer on the SAT? ›

You'll get 1 point for each correct answer. There's no penalty for incorrect answers. Next, the College Board converts your raw scores for each SAT section — Math, Reading, and Writing and Language — into scaled test scores, which use a scale of 1-40.

What is the lowest SAT score colleges will accept? ›

Less selective public institutions, as well as many small liberal arts colleges, regularly accept applicants in the 950-1050 range. Public universities in your state might also accept residents with scores on the lower end of the scale depending on their policies and your other qualifications.

What is the lowest SAT score ever accepted to Harvard? ›

There's no absolute SAT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 1460 to have a chance at being considered. If you're just a ride on the T away from Harvard, we've collected information for finding tutors in the Boston area to help bring you even closer to getting in.

How many questions can you miss to get a 1200 SAT? ›

For Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, you can skip/answer incorrectly on average 9 questions on the writing portion and 12 questions on the reading portion. For Math, you can skip/answer incorrectly on average 17 questions between the calculator and no-calculator sections.

How can I improve my SAT scores without a calculator? ›

SAT Math No-Calculator Tips & General Strategies
  1. Prioritize easy questions first. Within 25 minutes, students must complete 20 No-Calculator questions. ...
  2. Never leave a question blank. ...
  3. Save time by coming prepared. ...
  4. Check your answers. ...
  5. Use the “no-calculator” rule to your advantage. ...
  6. Apply problem-solving techniques.
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Can you pass the SAT without a calculator? ›

The first important thing to note is that every mathematics question on the SAT can be solved without a calculator. So if you are unfamiliar with using a calculator during math tests, don't try to force the issue during the SAT. Just solve those math problems the same way you've been doing them.


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