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What the SAT Tests

The SAT is a rigorous assessment of college-readiness skills divided into three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and an Essay. More specifically, the SAT can be understood by how it provides scores, in sub-score areas, illustrated on the chart below:

The Total Score is on a 1600 scale. The Essay score is separate and has three parts each on an 8-point scale.

Each of these two sections is on a 200-800 scale and add up to equal the Total Score.

Each of these subscored areas contributes to the two main sections that make up the Total Score. It is easiest to understand by reading this from the bottom up, with the smaller section scores contributing to the larger section score above it.


A table displaying current SAT scores and equivalent ACT scores is below:

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