The SAT, once called the Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test, is a standardized test for college admissions used in the United States. The test is owned and developed by the College Board and is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The SAT is designed to assess the college readiness of individual students and it is required for entry to many colleges in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926 and since this time it has undergone many changes including several scoring changes. Today, the test is made up of three sections (Math, Writing and Critical Reading) and each of these sections is worth the same amount of points. The average score for each of these sections has historically been around the 500 mark (this means that an average total score is about 1,500). The test usually takes about 4 and a half hours to complete when breaks are included. Let’s find out the maximum possible SAT score that can be achieved.
What is the maximum attainable SAT score?
Each question in the test is weighted equally and this means that each correct answer is equal to one point. For every incorrect answer one fourth of a point is deducted from the score. Each section is then given a scaled score between 200-800. The total score is given by adding up each of the section scores. This means that the highest attainable SAT score is 2400. This is considered to be a perfect score and to achieve this score you must have scored better than 99.98% of all other test takers!
Did you know?
The SAT underwent major changes in 2005 and became known as the SAT Reasoning Test. At this time the test was made slightly harder and a writing test was added. This changed the highest possible score. Before 2005, the highest score possible was 1600 and to achieve this an individual needed to score better than 99.93% of all other test takers.