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. This change is part of the College Board's effort to save paper, reduce our carbon footprint, and eliminate wasteful shipping. 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. They are sent to the student's high school, if the student entered the correct high school code number when registering.
Any college, university, or scholarship program listed on the Registration Form or the Correction Form attached to the Admission Ticket or listed during online registration will also receive the score report. Scores are delivered to the designated institutions by Internet, CD-ROM, 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
- See when scores will be reported.
- Learn about average scores.
- Get answers to FAQs on comparing scores.
- See how the College Board ensures scoring accuracy.