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# How do SAT scoring scales work?

Hey everyone, I just took a practice SAT and I'm kind of confused about the scoring conversion. Can somebody explain how the raw score is converted to the scaled score from 200-800 in each section?

28 days ago

Sure thing! The SAT's raw score to scaled score conversion is a common source of confusion, but I'll do my best to explain it in a straightforward way.

The raw score of the SAT is based purely on the number of questions you answered correctly in each section, with no deductions for incorrect answers. Raw scores can range from 0 (zero correct answers) to the total number of questions in the section.

The raw score is then converted into a scaled score, which will be on a scale of 200 to 800 for each section (Reading/Writing and Math). The scaled score is created using a process called equating, designed to ensure fairness in scoring across different versions of the test.

Equating takes into account the slight variations in difficulty level between different test versions. For example, if one test version happens to have more difficult Math questions, a student with a raw score of say, 35, on that test might receive a slightly higher scaled score than a student with the same raw score on another, easier version of the test.

It's important to realize that this conversion isn't a consistent formula. Each test edition will have its own specific conversion table. You usually find this table in the test booklet or online resources provided by the test makers.

Ultimately, to convert your raw scores to scaled scores for practice SATs, I'd recommend checking the scoring guide that often comes with the practice test. It will provide the most accurate reflection of how your raw scores will translate into scaled scores.

Remember, the ultimate goal is to familiarize yourself with the types of questions on the SAT, improve your test-taking skills and speed, and identify areas that require additional practice, rather than obsessing over a particular score or result. Keep practising and you'll see improvement over time!

28 days ago