What Is a Good SAT Score? Setting Your Goal For College Admissions

A good SAT score can help you get into your dream school, but what exactly is a “good” score?

Overview of the SAT Exam

The SAT comprises three sections: Reading (also called Evidence-based Reading & Writing or EBRW), Math, and an optional Essay section. The total test time for these sections is 3 hours and 50 minutes.

What Is a Good SAT Score?

A general rule of thumb is that anything over the average SAT score of 1059 (the 50th percentile) is good, with scores between 1400 and 1600 being excellent.

Understanding the Scoring System for the SAT

Total Score How Section Scores Are  Calculated How Test Scores Are  Calculated Subscores Cross-Test Scores

How Colleges Use Your Scores in Their Admissions Process

The SAT evaluates a student’s academic ability and college readiness, so a good score can show that the student is prepared for collegiate-level work.