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Decoding the SAT score formula

I'm starting to prepare for the SAT, and I'd like to understand how the score is actually calculated. Can anyone explain the SAT scoring formula or process? Is there any strategy for maximizing our scores? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

The SAT score calculation may seem complex at first but can be understood with a little knowledge. The test is divided into two main sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math. Each section has a raw score, which is the number of questions answered correctly. There's no penalty for incorrect answers.

To convert the raw scores into scaled scores, a process called 'equating' is used. Equating accounts for minor differences in difficulty between various editions of the test, ensuring that scores are comparable across test dates. The scores range from 200 to 800 for each section, resulting in a combined total score between 400 and 1600.

Regarding strategies for maximizing scores, focus on improving your test-taking skills, such as time management and understanding the question types. Invest time in practicing through official SAT materials and consider targeted study plans for specific areas that need improvement. Good luck with your preparation!

7 months ago

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