You’ve taken the right high school classes, participated in Mr. Test Prep’s program, and have finally taken the standardized test you prepared for. Now you have your scores; what’s next? In this blog from Peterson’s College Search, they explain why you can’t “pass” or “fail” a standardized test, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! The reason you take the test is to pretty up your college applications, so a passing score is one that’ll get you in.
Getting the score on SAT scores
Most colleges publish their median SAT scores, so it just takes a little research to figure out what you’re shooting for. For a snapshot of your performance, check out your percentile scores. They show how you stacked up against the competition. If you’re in the 82nd percentile for the Math test, then you outscored 82 percent of other students. Raw scores help you get particular — and discover where you can make improvements. To calculate raw scores, the College Board uses a simple formula: they add a point for correct answers and subtract a quarter-point for wrong ones. That little formula can have a big impact on your cumulative score.
Not happy with your SAT scores?
If you’re not totally content with the scores you’ve received, don’t panic. There are some easy ways to improve the next time around. Remember the formula we were just talking about? You can actually use the way the SAT is scored to your advantage:
Strategy #1 Get more questions right. Just one or two more correct answers can increase a section’s score by 50 points or more.
SAT scores: Then there’s the essay
While some students are still overwhelmed by the Writing test, keep it in perspective. The essay only accounts for a third of your Writing score — or a ninth of your total score. When you get your SAT scores back, you’ll see an essay score ranging from 0-12. The cool part? You can now go online (check your score report for the Web address) to view and print a copy of your essay response. One you have it, you can take it to your parents or Mr. Test Prep for pointers. But first, look at it yourself! Did you write neatly enough for the average human to understand it? Are your grammar and spelling in check? Did you conclude with a conclusion? Though your score is based on overall content, all of these things can have an impact.
The SAT is a big part of the college application process, but remember that it’s only a test. You can easily prep some more and work toward the score you need.
Credit: Peterson’s College Search
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