The New SAT Scoring System

The new SAT will have three test scores on a scale from 10 to 40. There will be one test score for each test: the Reading Test, the Writing Test, and the Math Test. The Reading Test score and the Writing and Language Test score will be added together and converted to a single area score in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; there will also be an area score in Math based on the Math Test Score.

The area scores will be on a scale from 200 to 800. Added together, they will form the composite score for the whole test, on a scale from 400 to 1600. The Essay will be scored separately and will not affect your scores in other areas.

SAT Scoring

SAT Scoring
Test Scores (10 to 40)
  • Reading Test
  • Writing Test
  • Math Test
  • Area Scores (200 to 800)
  • Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing
  • Math
  • Composite Score (400 to 1600)
  • Math (Area Score) + Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (Area Score)
  • Essay Scores (1 to 4)
  • Reading
  • Analysis
  • Writing
  • Cross-test Scores

    The College Board will also be reporting new types of scores. Cross-test scores for Analysis in Science and Analysis in History/Social Studies will be based on performance on specific questions across different tests relating to specific types of content. For example, your cross-test score in Analysis in Science will be based on your performance on questions relating to science passages on the Reading Test as well as questions using scientific data on the Math Test. These scores will be on a scale from 10 to 40.


    There will also be seven subscores based on particular question types within each test section. Subscores will be reported on a scale from 1 to 15. Four will be related to particular questions in the Reading and Writing Test: Words in Context, Command of Evidence, Expression of Ideas, and Standard English Conventions. The other three relate to specific types of questions on the Math Test: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.

    The College Board has not released detailed information on how these scores will be calculated.