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SAT Scores Explained: What is a good SAT score? | Video Post

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A lot of students have been asking questions about SAT scores–so today we’ve decided to sit down and answer some of your most popular questions in our newest free resource: the “SAT Scores Explained | What is a good SAT score?” video.

Watch the embedded video below, or scroll down for a full video transcript. 🙂

What Will I See in the “SAT Scores Explained | What is a good SAT score?” Video?

In this free four-minute video, our SAT expert Chris will give you a brief introduction, before answering your four most common questions about SAT scores:

    1. What’s a good SAT score?
    2. How many questions can you miss?
    3. Is your score the most important thing about taking the test?
    4. Do you have to submit all your SAT scores when you apply to colleges?

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“SAT Scores Explained | What is a good SAT score?” Full Transcript

Hello I am Chris, the SAT expert at Magoosh.

And today we have SAT scores explain.

So basically, a lot of people have been asking us questions about SAT scores.

So we figured we answer some of them today.

So let’s start.

What is a good SAT score?

You know what, that’s a super hard question to answer because I really don’t know.

I mean I could say, our perfect score is a good score and everyone would clap because I’m right but not really helpful, right?

So what you are probably asking is, what is a good score for me?

To answer that you have to ask yourself a few things, such as what schools I’m I looking to get into?

If they’re super competitive, then you wanna make sure you’re getting scores that are at least at 50 percentile of the people going to that school, so somewhere on the higher end.

But if you’re going to schools that aren’t as competitive, then SAT score might not be as important.

Of course if your transcript and other stuff is lacking, or not as strong at least and you wanna go to a similar competitive school.

All of a sudden, your SAT score has to be higher.

And so you want to be able to know all of these things, and then you’ll be able to answer what is a good SAT score.

Cuz ultimately, it should be what’s a good SAT score for you?

Next question.

How many can I miss?

Now people ask this because people want to get a perfect score.

So how many can I miss, so what if I miss two, do I still get a perfect score?

So basically for the most part, you can only miss one, and it depends on the test, and which section that one is on, for you to still get a perfect score.

Otherwise for every one you miss, you drop down ten, twenty points, down this little scale from 1,600 all the way down to 400.

And so that’s what usually people mean, how many can I miss?

So if you want to get 1,400, and last time you got 1,350, how many more do you have to get right?

A few questions.

So that’s a good way of thinking about it.

But again perfect score, you need to get almost every single thing right.
Not easy to do.


This is an interesting one.

Is score the most important thing on the SAT?

Of course it is.

What do you mean by that?

I take a test and have a great experience and get a terrible score, who cares?

It’s all about the score, right?

Well, yes and no.

It’s also about the percentile.

Percentiles are super important, so for instance if someone gets 1,400 and their friend get 1,300, they say well I do it 100 points better than you.

That’s great, and then another friend got 1,200, and that 1,300 person said well I did 100 points better than you.

In terms of percentile, that’s almost a 20 percentile difference between the 1,200 and 1,300.

But between the 1,300 and the 1,400, it’s only about 10 percentile difference.

And so as you get higher up on the point scale, the percentiles become far less.

And so if you’re around 1,100, and you can bump your score up to about 1,200, you’re going from about the 60 to almost the 80% range.

It’s a huge difference just jumping up those 100, 150 points.

So that’s what you really wanna be keeping in mind, is where are you on the scale and what is your percentage?

Cuz often times, these colleges won’t just look at your score, they look at what is your percent.

So a hundred point increase, well that could be great but depending where you are on the scale again it can really affect your percentiles differently.

Next we have, do I have to submit all of my SAT scores?

What this means is, in some cases you don’t have to submit all of them.

You can just submit the ones that are best, but it really depends on the school.

Each college has its own policy.

So check with the college first, before you decide whether to take the SAT again.

Because if you’ve taken it twice and you haven’t done well, and you’re gonna take it a third time and the school only wants your best SAT score, then hey, that’s great.

On the other hand if the school takes looks at all your SAT scores and you’re gonna take it a third time, you really have to make sure that you’re ready and that you’re prepped.

Not that you take it a third time and get the same score as before.

Cuz then that looks like you haven’t improved even though you’ve taken it three times and that can send a very bad message to the school.

Finally, we have a question for you.

What is your question about SAT scores?

Let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll answer your question as soon as we can.

Have a great test day.

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About Molly Kiefer

Molly completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has been tutoring the SAT, GRE, and LSAT since 2014, and loves supporting her students as they work towards their academic goals. When she’s not tutoring or blogging, Molly takes long walks, makes art, and studies ethics. Molly currently lives in Northern California with her cat, who is more popular on Instagram than she is.

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