Your Score Explained

View your scores online.

The Student Score Portal

The student score portal will show your most recent digital SAT Suite of Assessments test. You can view a score summary, and click on See Score Details for additional score insights, including:

  • Information about your performance against college and career readiness benchmarks.
  • Total and section score comparisons and percentile ranks among testing populations at your school, district, state, country, and/or all testers worldwide.
  • Your knowledge and skills in four content domains in reading and writing and four content domains in math.

Total Score

The top portion of your score information contains a big black number. This is your SAT Score, also referred to as your total score. Next to your score are the numbers 400–1600, indicating that the range of possible scores on the SAT is 400–1600. To the right of your total score is your score percentile, telling you what percentage of students who took the test did better or worse than you. In small type below your score is your Score Range. This refers to the range of scores you might expect to get if you took the SAT multiple times on different days. Some colleges look at your score range rather than your Total Score in considering your application.

Section Scores

After the total score are your two section scores, (1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and (2) Math. The SAT contains three tests: (1) Reading, (2) Writing and Language, and (3) Math, but the Reading test and the Writing and Language test are combined into one section. The two section scores added together equal your total score.

Your two section scores are presented on a line infographic that shows where your score falls in relation to a benchmark that means you're on track in preparing for college. This part of your score insights also shows your percentile for both section scores, meaning the percentage of test takers who scored lower than you.

Your Score Recipients

After your section scores are your score recipients. Recipients are colleges or scholarship programs that you indicated you wanted your scores sent to. The score recipients section indicates the date your scores were sent and the status (whether they were sent or not and why).

Score Details: Test Scores, Cross-Test Scores, Subscores

The Score Details tab on your score insights gives you detailed information on the different parts of your test, including your percentile score for each part.

Test Scores

Your three test scores are Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. This part of your score presents your test scores in the context of benchmarks for college readiness, letting you know whether you're on track, almost on track, or in need of improvement. The score insights also tell you the number of questions you answered correctly or incorrectly.

Cross-Test Scores

Your score contains two cross-test scores: Analysis in Science and Analysis in History/Social Studies. They're called "cross-test" scores because the questions that make up this part of your score are drawn from all three tests.

Subscores

These seven subscores reflect how well you did on specific types of questions that appear on the SAT:

  • Command of Evidence
  • Words in Context
  • Expression of Ideas
  • Standard English Conventions
  • Heart of Algebra
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis
  • Passport to Advanced Math

Discover Growing Careers

Your score report may have you thinking about what comes next. If you live in the United States, your score report PDF will include Career Insights Snapshot—a list of growing careers in your state that need skills like yours. Please note that this list is NOT CAREER RECOMMENDATIONS or the only careers you should consider for yourself. The list can show you more about what careers are out there and key aspects of a job, like if it requires a college degree.

Each job on your score report:

  • Is growing in your state, meaning there are jobs available.
  • Pays a living wage because we know salary is important.
  • Requires more education after high school, in some cases college but not in all.
  • Connects to the math, reading, and writing skills you demonstrated on the SAT because every job has a set of measurable skills.

All of this might make you curious about a career on the list—or maybe none of the options feel like a great fit. That's okay! The insights can help you start thinking about what you might want to do after high school. To learn more about your options and careers that include your interests, take the short career quiz.

Resources