The results of the SAT are typically available online approximately three weeks after the test is administered. Scores may range from 600 composite to 2400 composite. Each section is scored out of 800 points – correct answers earn one point each, unanswered questions do not affect the score, and incorrect answers result in a 1.25 point deduction.
There is no universal “good” SAT score. Students should aim to reach their personal best. The national average (50th percentile) for SAT scores is approximately 1500. Percentiles, rather than raw numbers, should be used to determine how “good” an SAT score is. A score in the 85th percentile, for example, is much more competitive than a score in the 30th percentile.
In order to improve scores, students should practice regularly for the SAT so that they may familiarize themselves with the structure, content and patterns of the test.