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Understanding SAT raw score conversion

Could someone kindly explain how the SAT raw score conversion works? I've been doing practice tests and want to make sure I'm deciphering my results correctly. Thanks a ton!

15 days ago

Sure! I'll be happy to explain SAT raw score conversion. As you may know, the SAT consists of two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Each section is scored on a scale from 200 to 800, with a maximum total score of 1600.

Now, the raw score for each section is determined by the number of questions you answered correctly. This raw score will then be converted into a scaled score using a process known as 'equating'.

Equating is a statistical process that ensures fairness and comparability across different test forms. For example, if one version of the test is slightly easier than another, the equating process will adjust the scoring to reflect this. This is to ensure that a score of say, 700 on Math in one test form indicates the same level of proficiency as a 700 on Math in another form.

Now, coming back to raw scores: for the SAT Reading Test, you receive one point for each correct answer. This total (ranging from 0 to 52) makes up your raw score, which is then converted to the scaled score (200 to 800) using the equating process.

For the SAT Writing and Language Test, the process is similar. Here, the raw score ranges from 0 to 44, which then gets converted into a scaled score of 200–800.

For the SAT Math section, which is composed of two parts (one where you're allowed to use a calculator and another where you're not), the process is slightly different. The test contains 58 questions in total, and your raw score (from 0 to 58) is converted into a scaled score (200 to 800).

To help students get a sense of their scores on practice tests, the College Board provides conversion tables for each test. Simply cross-reference your raw score with its corresponding scaled score on the table. Keep in mind, though, that these tables are approximations and may not perfectly reflect the exact score you'd receive on an official SAT.

Just remember, while test scores matter, they're only one part of your overall application! By continuing to practice and refine your skills, you're definitely taking steps in the right direction. Good luck with your studies!

15 days ago

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