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The raw score is based simply on the number of answers you get correct.
There is no penalty for wrong answers, so if you don’t know an answer, you should guess.
However, it's clear that in 2019, the curves are tougher than they were before, which means you lose more points on average for each incorrect answer, especially in the math and writing sections. Note: Because of rounding, percentages may not add up to 100.
We do not take into account curves from sections that had faulty questions.
The two sections, Evidence-Based Reading (divided into Reading, and Writing and Language) and Math (divided into two sections, one using a calculator and the other without a calculator) are each awarded between 200 and 800 points, adding up to your total overall score, with 1600 as the highest SAT score and the SAT score range between 4.
There is an optional essay which is scored separately, and does not factor into the overall score. Your answer sheet is scanned, and your raw score is calculated for each section.
On the score report, you’ll notice three scores called “Test scores.” These are essentially the scaled version of your raw scores in each category, Math, Writing and Language, and Reading.
Once the scanner determines your raw scores in these categories, it converts them to scaled scores, from 10 – 40.
The 13 grid-in questions are valued the same as the multiple choice questions in the Math sections.
There is still no penalty for wrong answers on these.