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# How does the scoring system work for the SAT?

Hi everyone, I'm a bit confused about how the SAT is scored. I know it's based on a scale, but how exactly does this scale work? Is there a difference in scales between the Math and EBRW sections? Need help understanding this, thanks in advance!

a month ago

Sure, I'd be glad to help clarify how the SAT is scored.

The SAT is graded on a scale of 400-1600, with 1600 being the top possible composite score. This composite score is a total score, factoring in your performance on two larger sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.

Here's how it works:

Each of these two larger sections, EBRW and Math, is scored on a scale of 200-800.

The EBRW section comprises of the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test. Your raw scores from these two sections - basically, the number of correct answers - are converted into scaled scores using a process called equating. These two scaled scores are then added together to form the EBRW score.

The Math section works the same way. Your raw score is converted into a scaled score through equating.

After you have your EBRW scaled score and your Math scaled score, these two scores are then added together to create your composite SAT score, which ranges from 400-1600.

So, in summary, the scoring scales for the EBRW and Math sections are similar, and both contribute to your overall SAT score. The important thing to remember is that there are no penalty points for wrong answers, so it's always worthwhile to take a shot at questions even if you're not completely sure of the correct answer.

It's also important to note that the Reading Test and Writing and Language Test in the EBRW section, and the two Math sections, are weighted equally, so it pays to prepare well for all these sub-sections.

I hope that helps clarify things for you!

a month ago