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Scoring Quality Control

Multiple-choice scanning quality control for SAT Subject Tests

All SAT Subject Tests are multiple-choice. The scanning accuracy of the SAT answer documents is very closely monitored with several quality assurance checks including alignment checks and double scanning of documents. We also control the humidity of the scanning facility to minimize environmental impacts on the system, and we conduct frequent and controlled maintenance of all scanning machines.

The following guidelines are published in our test and practice materials and are given to all test-takers:

  • Use a No. 2 pencil and a soft eraser. Do not use a pen or mechanical pencil.
  • Make sure you fill in the entire circle darkly and completely.
  • If you change your response, erase as completely as possible.

If the test-taker's marks conform to the published instructions for marking the answer sheet, the scanning and scoring processes, combined with the quality control procedures, are designed to produce an accurate score.

Customized Entry Pages

Related Materials

Go to the SAT Downloads and Materials Ordering page to view and print these and other related materials:

  • Guidelines for the Release of Data
  • Score Reporting Options for High Schools
  • Electronic Data Layout for High Schools
  • Score Reporting Options for Higher Ed Institutions
  • Electronic Data Layout for Higher Ed Institutions

Coming in Spring 2016: The Redesigned SAT

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