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This information refers to the current SAT and is in effect through the January 2016 test date. Get information about the redesigned SAT, which starts March 2016.

An introduction to SAT scoring

The SAT score report contains detailed information about a student's performance, comparing it with that of other test-takers in the previous year's college-bound senior class who took the SAT.

Score reports include:

  • A breakdown of the student's scores, including the types of questions, level of difficulty, and how many in each group of questions the student answered correctly, answered incorrectly, or omitted
  • Information about what those scores mean, with enhanced percentile information to help better compare the student’s performance with other groups of test-takers

Counselors can use these reports to guide students as they make decisions about taking high school courses, applying to college, and choosing a major. Colleges and universities can use these reports to make admissions and placement decisions.

Students who have active College Board online accounts will automatically get their SAT scores through My SAT Online Score Report only, unless they request a paper score report. Students who register by paper and who do not have an online account will still receive paper score reports unless they ask us not to mail them.

Official score reports are provided about five weeks after the test is administered to the student and his or her high school.

Any college, university, or scholarship program listed during registration will also receive the score report. Scores are delivered to the designated institutions by Internet and/or paper, as requested by the institution. Institutions also have access to images of student essays associated with the score reports delivered by the College Board.

Learn more about SAT scoring

Customized Entry Pages


The College Board and the ACT have released a study of all the students in the high school graduating class of 2006 who took both the ACT and the SAT. Read more>>

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


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