SAT Question of the Day: What is the SAT Out Of?

It takes about 3 weeks to receive your SAT score after taking the test. But the long wait is just the first challenge–the next one is to understand what your score report means.

We know you have a lot of questions, including:

  • What is the SAT out of? 
  • What does the SAT percentile score mean?
  • What does the SAT score range mean?

What is the SAT Out Of?

This is a pretty simple question to answer. The new SAT is out of 1600: 800 for math and reading plus writing, with a separate essay score if students choose to write the essay. The scoring system was different on the old SAT exam, which awarded points out of 2400: up to 800 for math, reading, and writing sections, including the essay section. 

SAT Score: What does my sCORE mean?

When you receive your SAT scores, you may feel like you need an interpreter to figure out what all those numbers mean, including the percentile and score range. Look no further! Magoosh has created a superb resource on "Interpreting Your SAT Scores" to help you figure out this particular question, which we have shared with you below. 


 What does my score mean  compared to other students' scores?

We know that many of you also have many questions about your SAT scores, including:

  • "What are good SAT scores?"
  • "What are bad SAT scores?"
  • "How does my SAT score compare to other students?"

Well, the folks at Prep Scholar have you covered. They have  created a great infographic that focuses on these questions:


That's it folks. Hope you got your questions answered about SAT scoring!