What New Scoring Means to You

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The SAT has new scores and score reports, but the value of SAT scores in college admission won’t change.


Did You Take the SAT Before March 2016?

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

No Penalty for Guessing

On the SAT, you simply earn points for the questions you answer correctly. So go ahead and give your best answer to every question—there’s no advantage to leaving them blank.

More Scores

Reported scores now include subscores and cross-test scores. With these additional scores, the SAT is better at highlighting your strengths and showing colleges that you’ve been building the skills and knowledge you need for college and career. Learn about the new score scale.

Score Reports

It’s not just colleges that can learn from your scores. You’ll get an online score report that helps you look beyond the numbers, see how you stack up, figure out where you can improve, and get a personalized study plan on Khan Academy®.

If you take the SAT with Essay, you’ll also find a scanned copy of your response.

New vs. Old

If you took the test before March 2016, and you like the scores you have, know this: Most colleges plan to accept scores from both tests for a few years. The College Board publishes college-specific policies, including their SAT Essay policies, so you can stay up to date.

Of course, the new SAT and the one that came before are two different tests with two different scoring structures. To help you understand how scores from the two exams compare, the College Board has published concordance tables that help colleges compare and interpret scores. Colleges will use these tables to make admission decisions. The concordance tables act as equalizers.

Using Score Choice

With Score Choice, you choose which day’s test scores you send to colleges. You can send a single day’s scores, or you can send scores of every SAT you’ve taken. The only thing you can’t do? You can’t send partial scores from different days. For instance, you can’t send your Math score from one test day and your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score from another.

Reminder: Check the Score Choice policies of every college you’re applying to, because some schools require you to send every score. If this sounds intimidating, keep in mind that many colleges consider your best.