## Calculating your SAT Score

Calculating your new SAT score should be easy–now that there is no guessing penalty. All you have to do is count the number you got right for a section (your raw score) and look at a table. Right?

Sadly, this is not the case. Instead, we now have two tables, one to convert your raw score to a score out of 40, and another one to see what score on the 800 scale that score of 40 corresponds to.

I know, that last sentence might have been confusing. But that’s because the new SAT scoring is, well, slightly confusing.

**And a magical SAT score calculator will never exist because each SAT test is scored a little bit differently.** So we’re left to deal with the tables, but let’s take a look and break it down.

To give you a specific example, let’s take the SAT Reading section. It has a total of 52 questions. Let’s say you missed 15. This will give you a raw score of 37. How did I find this? I just subtracted 15 (the number wrong) from the total in the section.

But there is a next step. You will need to convert that raw score to a scaled score (that’s the one out of 40 points). To do this, let’s use the table below. First step: find the column on the left. This gives you the raw score that you can convert to Math, Reading and Writing Scores.

This SAT raw to scaled conversion chart is from SAT Practice Test 1 available on the College Board website. You can use it to help estimate your SAT score from any practice test, but remember each test will vary slighty.

*Click “Next” below to table to access the upper range of SAT scores, or use the box at the top left to expand the table.*

Raw Score (# of correct answers) | Math Section Score | Reading Test Score | Writing and Language Test Score |
---|---|---|---|

0 | 200 | 10 | 10 |

1 | 200 | 10 | 10 |

2 | 210 | 10 | 10 |

3 | 230 | 11 | 10 |

4 | 240 | 12 | 11 |

5 | 260 | 13 | 12 |

6 | 280 | 14 | 13 |

7 | 290 | 15 | 13 |

8 | 310 | 15 | 14 |

9 | 320 | 16 | 15 |

10 | 330 | 17 | 16 |

11 | 340 | 17 | 16 |

12 | 360 | 18 | 17 |

13 | 370 | 19 | 18 |

14 | 380 | 19 | 19 |

15 | 390 | 20 | 19 |

16 | 410 | 20 | 20 |

17 | 420 | 21 | 21 |

18 | 430 | 21 | 21 |

19 | 440 | 22 | 22 |

20 | 450 | 22 | 23 |

21 | 460 | 23 | 23 |

22 | 470 | 23 | 24 |

23 | 480 | 24 | 25 |

24 | 480 | 24 | 25 |

25 | 490 | 25 | 26 |

26 | 500 | 25 | 26 |

27 | 510 | 26 | 27 |

28 | 520 | 26 | 28 |

29 | 520 | 27 | 28 |

30 | 530 | 28 | 29 |

31 | 540 | 28 | 30 |

32 | 550 | 29 | 30 |

33 | 560 | 29 | 31 |

34 | 560 | 30 | 32 |

35 | 570 | 30 | 32 |

36 | 580 | 31 | 33 |

37 | 590 | 31 | 34 |

38 | 600 | 32 | 34 |

39 | 600 | 32 | 35 |

40 | 610 | 33 | 36 |

41 | 620 | 33 | 37 |

42 | 630 | 34 | 38 |

43 | 640 | 35 | 39 |

44 | 650 | 35 | 40 |

45 | 660 | 36 | |

46 | 670 | 37 | |

47 | 670 | 37 | |

48 | 680 | 38 | |

49 | 690 | 38 | |

50 | 700 | 39 | |

51 | 710 | 40 | |

52 | 730 | 40 | |

53 | 740 | ||

54 | 750 | ||

55 | 760 | ||

56 | 780 | ||

57 | 790 | ||

58 | 800 |

## How to calculate your SAT math score

1. For math, count the number of questions that you answered correctly for both the 20-question section and the 38-question section (remember: **THERE IS NO PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWER CHOICES**; in other words, always guess).

2. Use the table above to figure out what score your scaled score corresponds to. Look at the column titled “math section score”. This will give you your actual score.

*Example*: say you answer 38 of the 52 math questions correctly. This will give you a raw score of 38.

**To find out what this translates to in math, just look under the adjacent column to the right** (the “math section score”). This number is 600. Therefore, you get a 600 on the math.

## How to calculate your SAT reading/writing score

To figure out your verbal score, which is a combination of the 52-question reading section and the 44-question writing section, follow these steps.

1. Count the number of questions you answered correctly in the reading section (this number is out of 52).

2. Change the raw score into the scaled score by looking at the column “Reading Test Score”.

3. Count the number of questions you answered correctly in the writing section (this number is out of 44).

4. Change the raw score into the scaled score by looking at the column “Writing and Language Test Score”.

5. Add the writing scaled score to the reading scaled score. Multiply this number by 10. This will be your verbal score.

*Example*: Say you answer 32 questions correctly on the reading section. This translates to a score of 29. For the writing section, you answer 29 questions correctly. This translates to a 28. We’ll add 28 and 29, giving us 57. Then, we multiply that number times 10 (57 x 10 = 570). Your verbal score, in this case, is 570.

## One last thing about SAT score calculators

Each SAT is not created the same; they differ ever so slightly. One might be a tiny bit more difficult than the other. How do we account for these variations? By a process called equating, that tries to compare SAT tests of varying difficulty. Since the math behind this requires a Ph.D. in statistics, we don’t actually have to understand how equating is done. We just have to expect that not every scale is the same.

For instance, a 57 in math can sometimes result in a perfect 800. This will happen when you get a math section that is slightly more difficult than math sections that follow the scale above. But I doubt there will be a test in which a 56 will get you a perfect score. Again, the differences are ever so slight. Even if a 57 is an 800, a 56 will likely be a 780, as we see in the scale above.

Hi I have a question. On my SAT test that I took. I got 19 correct which is 22 for reading and on the writing I got 17 correct which is 21 and I added them both and got 43 and times it by 100 and got 430. but SAT gave me 420. I’m confused. :/

Hi Ashley,

The conversion of the raw score to the scaled score takes several things into account, including test difficulty. This means that these tables aren’t 100% accurate–they give you a general idea of what scaled score to expect with a certain raw score, but there are other adjustments that are made as well. The college board website has some more information on this:

“Your raw score is converted to a scaled score of 200 to 800 points, the score you see on your score report. We use a process that adjusts for slight differences in difficulty between various versions of the test (such as versions taken on different days).”

This means that they adjusted the raw-to-scaled score conversion for your particular test in a different way. I know that’s frustrating, but I hope this helps you to understand the process a bit better 🙂

I scored a 1,320 in 1983 and I am a college freshman at 51 years old. It is never too late to get your degree.

That’s awesome! Thanks for such an uplifting story. I’m curious though, Lisa– did your university make you retake your SAT?

Hi, i took the reading test (the 65minute one) and i scored a 23 out of the 52 questions, i only answered 37. Is that bad? It’s my first test i took out of my SAT prep book

Hi Zach,

There’s definitely room for improvement, but this isn’t necessarily a bad score, especially for your first try! You can use this score as a base and improve from there 🙂

One important thing to remember for the SAT is that it’s all about pacing and strategy. You can improve a lot just by learning about how to tackle these types of questions strategically.I recommend that you read these blog posts about the reading section to learn about the best ways to tackle all of the questions you will see:

10 Tips for the Reading Section

SAT Reading Practice: Everything you need to score big

We also have many blog posts about strategies for each question type and pacing strategies.

Don’t be discouraged by this initial score–there’s nowhere to go but up! If you’re looking for an affordable and comprehensive program to help you ace the SAT, then I encourage you to check out our Premium program 🙂

I signed up for the CE 121 College Algebra class next fall. This class is considered as an advanced class, and counts toward college credit if I pass. I got an email from my counselor saying that on the math section of the April 10, 2018 SAT, I need a 590 or higher to get accepted into the class, or score a 23 or higher in math on the ACT, and also keep a “B” or higher in my 2nd semester math class/ 3.0 unweighted GPA. How many questions can I get wrong on the math section and still be above or equal to a 590?

Hi Mitch,

That sounds like quite the competitive program! There are a total of 58 questions on the math section of the SAT (20 questions in the no calculator section and 38 questions in the calculator section). For a score of 590, you need a raw score of approximately 37, which means that you can miss approximately 21 questions.

Hi.

I recently took the December 2018 SAT.

I scored a 660 in Math though I had only 9 incorrect answers.

I also got an 82 percentile for 1260 which is high for a low score.

Should I write to College Board about this?

Please advice

Hi Darin,

You can certainly contact the College Board if you want. However, as Chris mentions, there’s no fully reliable magic formula to know what SAT score you’ll get. Because scores are based partly on the relative difficulty of the questions, you can easily see scores that don’t line up to the predictions in the chart featured in this article.