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SAT Results 2024: Score Validity, Test Score Card, How to Download Result?

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Updated on Jun 19, 2024, 12:27

Did you know that the College Board made some changes to the SAT exam in March 2023? Now, international students can take it seven times a year instead of five. That's great news, right? 

 

The SAT exam is usually offered on seven Saturdays throughout the year. But if you can't take it on Saturdays due to religious observance, you can take it on the Sunday after each Saturday administration. 
 

To register for the exam, you must choose the desired dates based on availability. The SAT exam is scored from 400 to 1600 and consists of two main sections: Reading + Writing and Math, each scored from 200 to 800. 

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1. How to Check SAT Results?

When you receive your SAT score report, the big black number at the top is your SAT Score, also known as your total score. It ranges from 400 to 1600. Your score percentile is next to your total score, telling you how you performed compared to other test-takers.

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2. SAT Score: What Does It Mean?

Your SAT score, which ranges from 400 to 1600, comprises two main parts: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. Each part can score between 200 and 800.

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3. How to Cancel your SAT Scores?

If you think you didn't perform well on the SAT, you can cancel your scores, but you should do it promptly.

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1.

How to Check SAT Results?

When you receive your SAT score report, the big black number at the top is your SAT Score, also known as your total score. It ranges from 400 to 1600. Your score percentile is next to your total score, telling you how you performed compared to other test-takers.
 

Below your score, you'll find your Score Range, which represents the possible range of scores you could get if you took the SAT multiple times on different days. 
 

Note: Some colleges may consider your score range when evaluating your application.

 

Now, to check your SAT scores, follow these steps:

 

  • Sign in to your account on the College Board website.
  • Click on the online score report for your essay or multiple-choice scores.
  • If you want to print your scores, click the ‘Details’ button and then the ‘Download Report’ button. This option is available only in desktop mode.
  • Alternatively, you can also receive your SAT scores by phone after they are declared on the respective results date. Keep in mind that this feature may incur an additional fee.
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SAT Score: What Does It Mean?

Your SAT score, which ranges from 400 to 1600, comprises two main parts: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. Each part can score between 200 and 800.
 

They count the number of questions you answered correctly in each section to calculate your score. Then, using the equating method, they convert your raw score into a scaled score between 200 and 800. 

 

Now, there are also these smaller scores called subscores. They're like mini scores for specific skills; you can get between 1 and 15 on each. These scores are based on different types of questions in the test.
 

Then, there are cross-test scores, which look at how you do on questions across different sections. They take questions from reading, writing, and math and give you a score between 10 and 40 for each.
 

So, what's a good SAT score? Well, it depends on the college you want to get into. On average, people scored around 1050. Scoring higher than that, especially around 1350, can boost your chances of getting into more selective schools.

 

What is Rush Reporting for SAT Scores?

 

If you want to send your SAT scores to colleges quickly, you can use Rush Reporting. After the scores are released, this process sends your score report to colleges within 2-4 business days (excluding holidays and weekends). 
 

To use this service, you'll need to pay an additional fee of INR 2,588.
 

It's important to note that Rush Reporting is only available for scores that have already been released. Before using this option, check with your colleges to see if they accept Rush Reporting and if they have a specific application processing schedule. 
 

Not all colleges accept Rush Reporting, so verifying with your college before using this service is essential.

 

What is SAT Superscore?

 

SAT Superscore is a method colleges use to evaluate your performance. Instead of considering the scores from a single test date, colleges focus on the candidate's highest section scores across all the SAT exams they have taken. 
 

This means colleges will take the highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score and the highest Mathematics score of the candidate and combine them to get the overall score.

 

What is SAT Archived Score Reporting?

 

When SAT scores have not been accessed for more than a year, they are archived. If you want to report these archived scores to colleges or universities, you'll need to retrieve them. This can be done by phone or mail. 
 

However, retrieving old SAT scores costs INR 2,588, and you'll also need to pay the standard fee of INR 1,002 for each additional score report order and the Archive fee. So, the total cost amounts to INR 3,591 per old SAT score report.

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How to Cancel your SAT Scores?

If you think you didn't perform well on the SAT, you can cancel your scores, but you should do it promptly.
 

You can cancel your SAT scores, but there are a few things to consider and strict deadlines to meet:

 

Before the Test:

 

  • Cancellation at Test Center: If you decide to cancel your scores on the test day itself, you can request an ‘SAT Request to Cancel Test Scores’ form from your test proctor at the testing centre. Fill out the form completely and return it to them before leaving.

 

After the Test:

 

  • Online Cancellation (Not Possible): The College Board does not allow you to cancel your SAT scores online or over the phone. You'll need to submit a physical form.
  • Mail-in Cancellation: Download the ‘SAT Request to Cancel Test Scores’ form from the College Board website. Print, complete, and mail it overnight to ensure it reaches them by the deadline.

 

You must submit your cancellation request by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the Thursday following your test date. This is a strict deadline, and cancellations received after this time will not be honoured.

 

After you cancel, the College Board will send you a confirmation email once they have processed your cancellation request. Your scores will not be reported to you or any institutions once you cancel.

 

Things to Remember:
  • Cancellation is Permanent: Cancelling your SAT scores is a permanent decision. You cannot reverse it after the deadline has passed.
  • Consider Carefully: Make sure you're certain you want to cancel your scores before submitting the request.


Your SAT scores are key to your college application, but they're not the whole picture. Focus on what you can control - requesting your scores, researching college score ranges, and considering retesting if needed. 

 

You can achieve your college goals with hard work and a well-rounded application!

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FAQs

Q. What are the total marks for SAT 2023?

Ans. The total mark for the SAT 2023 exam is 1600. The SAT is divided into two main sections: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Each of these sections is scored on a scale of 200 to 800 points, and when combined, they give you a maximum total score of 1600.

Q. How many people get 1600 on SAT?

Ans. Achieving a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT is quite rare and highly impressive. On average, only around 300 test takers out of the millions who take the exam each year attain this score. Scoring 1600 puts you in the 99th percentile, which means you have performed better than 99% of all other test takers. Such a high score makes you eligible and highly competitive for admission at nearly every college.

Q. How many SAT attempts are allowed?

Ans. You can take the SAT as many times as you wish. However, the SAT is typically offered only seven times a year. Most students choose to take the exam twice, once at the end of their junior year and again at the beginning of their senior year. This approach allows them to use the scores for college applications during their senior year.

Q. Are SAT and Digital SAT different?

Ans. The digital SAT differs from the traditional SAT in several ways. It has a different section breakdown, time given per question, and a more flexible administration. One of the most significant advantages of the digital SAT is the faster reporting of scores, with students receiving their scores in days instead of weeks.

Q. Is Digital SAT more difficult?

Ans. The difficulty level of the digital SAT is not intentionally designed to be harder or easier than the traditional pencil and paper exam. The content of the exam remains the same. However, the change to a digital format might present some challenges for certain test takers, such as getting accustomed to the interface or navigating through the questions. The content remains unchanged, and the difficulty level should be comparable to the traditional SAT.

Q. How many universities can you send SAT scores to?

Ans. During SAT registration, students can send their scores to four colleges or universities without paying an additional fee, which is already included in the registration cost. However, if you choose to send your scores for free, you won't have the option to select specific scores if you have taken the SAT multiple times.

Q. Is SAT tough for Indian students?

Ans. The difficulty of the SAT for Indian or any student varies depending on individual strengths and weaknesses in the subjects tested. Some students may find it challenging, while others may feel more comfortable with the content. To excel in the SAT, students can adopt effective strategies, such as taking numerous practice tests and focusing on improving weak areas.

Q. Can I get a full scholarship with a 1600 SAT?

Ans. Scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT does not guarantee a 100% scholarship at all universities. Scholarship availability and requirements vary from institution to institution. While a high SAT score can improve your chances of receiving merit-based scholarships, other factors, such as academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and financial needs, also play a crucial role in scholarship consideration.

Q. How do you check SAT results?

Ans. To check SAT results:

  • To check your SAT results, sign into your College Board account.
  • Visit the Student Score Report home page after logging in.
  • The most recent SAT score will be displayed at the top of the page.
  • Below your recent score, you can find your recent SAT and PSAT-related assessment scores.
Q. How long do SAT scores take to receive?

Ans. After taking the SAT, students can expect to receive their scores approximately 14 days later. The College Board makes scores available by 8 am. ET (5:30 pm IST) on each release date.

Q. How many months are enough for the SAT exam?

Ans. According to experts, around 3 months of dedicated preparation is generally sufficient for the SAT exam. Within this timeframe, students can learn the necessary approaches, understand the SAT exam pattern, practice test-taking strategies, and take multiple full-length practice tests to gauge their progress.