What You Need to Know About New SAT Scores
What You Need to Know About New SAT ScoresCyndie Schmeiser, Chief of Assessment
The following article originally appeared on Forbes.com on May 12, 2016. Read the original post.
In 2014, the College Board announced it would redesign the SAT to better reflect what students need to know to be ready for college, and to connect them with more and better opportunities. Now, scores for the very first administration of the new SAT — which took place in March — are available online.
The new online score reports give students more insight into the areas where they’re on track for college and the areas where they need to improve. To make sure students and their families get the most out of their scores, we’ve summarized below how to access, understand, and use the new online reports.
Accessing New SAT Scores
Understanding New SAT Scores
The new SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and Math section scores range from 200 to 800. Added together, they equal the SAT total score, with 1600 being the highest total score possible. The optional SAT Essay is scored on a scale of 2 to 8 and is not included in the total score. Subscores and cross-test scores show how the student performed on specific skills measured in each section.
College and career readiness benchmarks: SAT benchmark scores help students understand where they are on the path to college and career readiness. A color-coded message indicates whether a student is on track to be ready for college-level work in that subject area.
Percentiles: Percentiles let students see how their scores compare to the scores of other students. Each student will see the percentage of students in a particular grade whose scores fall at or below that student’s score.
Comparing Old and New SAT Scores
Students who took both the old SAT and the new SAT, or who want to compare their new SAT scores to their ACT scores, can use the College Board’s online tools, including the SAT Score Converter app.
Using New SAT Scores
Most colleges will accept both new and old SAT scores for the next few years, and will continue to use SAT scores as they have in the past — as one factor in their admission decision-making process.
All SAT takers receive four free score reports to send to colleges. Students can order extra reports through their College Board account for a small fee, and eligible students get four more free reports.
Students who’ve taken the SAT more than once can use Score Choice to choose which scores they send to colleges. To make sure they’re complying with the admission requirements of the colleges they’re applying to, students should check each school’s official website.
To strengthen their skills, students can link their online score reports with Khan Academy. They’ll then receive a free, personalized practice plan, which may be particularly helpful for students who plan to take the SAT again.