Cracked the SAT! Now What?

What counts as a good score on the SAT? Sometimes these kinds of documents arrive and it is hard to interpret them. The most important things to focus on right away are the Total Score, Section Scores, and Percentile Scores. These areas will give you an idea of your relative performance compared to other students.

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math are scored on a scale of 200-800. The total score you see on the paper will be between 400 and 1600. The number you see is a sum of the two scores. The percentile tells you how you performed in relation to other students who took the test. If you are in the 80th percentile, that means you scored higher than 80% of other people who wrote the test.

College Options

Now it is time to consider college. First, you will want to look at the admission statistics of colleges you would like to attend and see what the average score for admittance is. This will help you to narrow down college options. Do not be afraid to apply if your score is lower than what they suggest; you can make up for that in other areas of the application.

Scholarships and Grants

Scoring high on the SAT allows one to get grants and scholarships to help pay for your education. Some of them you do not even have to apply for. Others have an application process and you will want to be sure you meet the deadline.

Some smaller or private scholarships will ask you to submit letters of recommendation and or essays and the recipient will be chosen based on those as well as other factors. Some scholarships are based on personal circumstances or even what your parents do for employment.

Colleges and universities tend to offer scholarships based on merit and test scores. Many of these will be awarded automatically and there is no additional application needed.

The Bottom Line

Now that you have your SAT score, you have to decide if you are happy with it. If you did not score as well as you would like or feel you need to, you can take the test again. If you have a score with which you are happy and confident, use it to move forward with your college or university application process.


Alice Moore