Updated on - November 19th 2019 by Rachit Agrawal


Understanding SAT scores can be difficult for foreign students. Your SAT scores should be available after about 5 weeks of giving your test. You can check online for the scores. Once you get your score, you can send it to the university where you have applied. The table below should help you with the scores.

Understanding SAT scores

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SAT Essay Scoring

  • The essay is scored on the basis of reading, analysis, and writing.
  • The essay is corrected by two people.
  • These you people score the say separately.
  • Each dimension carries 4 marks.
  • The candidate receives three scores for the essay, on for each dimension, and the scores range between 2 and 8.

SAT Score Verification

  • The college board is very careful with the evaluation of the scores.
  • They give an option that lets candidates send for verification.
  • You can send for SAT score verification if you think your score is very different from what you expected it would be.
  • You can send for verification till 5 months after you receive your results.
  • You also have the option to request for QAS, depending on where you live.
  • You can also ask for SAS.
  • If you have a college bank account, then these services will also be available online.
  • If you are eligible for SAT fee waiver you get the QAS and SAS for free.

SAT score Calculation

  • The raw score in the SAT is the number of questions you answered right.
  • There is no negative marking system in SAT.
  • There are usually three sections. You may have four sections if you have applied for the essay as well.
  • The reading section contains 52 questions, 58 in maths and 44 in writing.
  • Keep in mind that your essay marks will be calculated separately.

SAT Results

The score achieved by students on a scale of 200-800 for every section. The total score is within the range of 400-1600. The essays are evaluated separated. SAT Essays are scored on the scale of 2-8. Students can also send for score verification.

  August 25, 2019

September 7: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.

September 9: Your SAT Essay scores will be available.

October 6, 2019


October 19: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.

October 21: SAT Essay scores

October 10, 2019


November 2: Multiple-choice scores

November 4: SAT Essay scores

November 3, 2019


November 16: Multiple-choice scores

November 18: SAT Essay scores

December 1, 2019


December 14: Multiple-choice scores

December 16: SAT Essay scores

March 6, 2019


March 29: Multiple-choice scores

March 31: SAT Essay scores

March 9, 2019


March 22: Multiple-choice scores

March 24: SAT Essay scores

March 27, 2019


April 19: Multiple-choice scores

April 21: SAT Essay scores

April 9, 2019


May 2: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.

May 5: SAT Essay scores

April 23, 2019


May 16: Multiple-choice scores

May 19: SAT Essay scores

May 4, 2019


May 17: Multiple-choice scores

May 19: SAT Essay scores will be available.

June 1, 2019


July 10: Multiple-choice scores

July 14: SAT Essay scores


SAT Score Report

After giving your SAT, the next step is to send your result to the college. The candidates get four free reports, which they can send to their universities. This they can do for free, up to 9 days of taking the test. After nine days, they will be charged. In sending the score this way, the candidates do not know about their scores.



  1. Can I Cancel My Scores?

Yes. If you finish the test and think you want to cancel your scores, you should ask the test supervisor for a "Request to Cancel Test Scores" form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center, or you can think about it for a day or two before mailing it to ETS. However, ETS must receive your request form no later than the Wednesday after the test.


  1. How Important Are SAT Scores?

The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school. Colleges and universities also consider high school grade point average and academic transcript, letters of recommendation, interviews, and personal essays when deciding on admissions. In addition, virtually all U.S. colleges and universities will accept ACT scores in lieu of SAT scores. For more specific information about the weight of your scores, contact the admissions offices of the schools to which you will apply.


  1. Where Does The SAT Come From?

…from a dark and cold place. Not really. It comes from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS is paid by The College Board to create the test. Both groups are private companies.


  1. When Should I Start Prepping?

Give yourself 5 to 12 weeks to prepare for the SAT. If you prep with us during the summer, we'll give you a free full–length practice test and wrap–up course session right before your test in the fall. Learn about our SAT prep courses. And if you're confused about when to take the SAT, we can help. Learn more about SAT dates.


  1. How Do I Register for the SAT?

SAT registration deadlines fall approximately 5 weeks before each test date. To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program. You can get a free copy of this publication from your school counselor. Or you can call ETS at 609–771–7600 and they'll send you one free of charge. You can also register online at www.collegeboard.com.


  1. Am I allowed to use a calculator?

Yes, but it is not required.


  1. What is Score Choice?

This policy allows students to choose which scores to report, by test date. 

What's the catch?

No catch, but since many colleges will take the highest math, highest reading, and highest writing scores, it may remain in your best interests to release all of your test scores.

8. What is the validity of my SAT/ACT score?

It is generally said that the SAT/ACT score is valid for five years. However, it is advisable for a student to provide the SAT/ACT score which is not more than 2 years old.


  1. How long does it take to receive my SAT/ACT score?

Official score reports are normally released within 2-3 weeks after each test date. In case, you opt for the writing test (essay), you can expect to receive the scores within 3-5 weeks of your test date.


  1. How will I send my scores to the colleges/universities?

Scores are sent directly to the colleges/universities that you specify during your registration process. Colleges/ Universities accept only those scores that are sent by Collegeboard (for SAT) or the ACT (for ACT). You are not required to send any hardcopy or photocopy of your score report directly to the college/university.


  1. Can I choose the SAT/ACT score that I want the colleges/universities to see (in case of multiple attempts)?

Yes! A feature called 'Score choice' allows you to decide which SAT score/s you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost. Even ACT gives you the option to report ONLY the scores from the test date you designate, not any other test scores.


  1. How do I register for my SAT/ACT?

Both the SAT and the ACT require you to register online for the test.

SAT: https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/

ACT: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/

The registration fee for taking the SAT/ACT are:

SAT without essay: $92

ACT without essay:$79.50

SAT with essay: $103.50

ACT with essay: $96.60


  1. What if I don’t know which colleges I’m going to apply to?

You should still consider taking Subject Tests in case you decide on colleges or programs that do require or recommend them. You don’t want to have to try to schedule tests at the last minute. And remember, even colleges that don’t require or recommend Subject Tests may consider them as part of your application.


  1. What if the colleges that I’m interested in don’t require Subject Test scores?

You may still want to take Subject Tests in the subjects that you excel in and submit those scores. Many colleges may still consider Subject Tests when reviewing your application, since they give a more complete picture of your academic background and show your readiness to focus on a specific major or program of study. Subject Tests can also help you place into the right college courses.


  1. Does Score Choice apply to SAT Subject Tests?

Yes. Visit Score Choice to learn more.

Study Abroad Expert & Co-Founder @ AdmitKard

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.