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SAT Score Percentiles

Understanding Your Score

What score should I aim for?

The SAT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall score (out of 1600) as well as for each of the two sections: Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math. Your percentile rank tells you how you did on the SAT compared to other test-takers. For example, if you have a percentile ranking of 90, it means that you scored higher than 90% of other students who took that test.

 

For most competitive universities, we recommend trying to score at least within the 90th percentile.

Composite Score RangePercentile Ranking
1550 - 160099+
1500 - 155099 to 99+
1450 - 150097 to 99
1400 - 145094 to 97
1350 - 140091 to 94
1300 - 135087 to 91
1250 - 130081 to 87
1200 - 125074 to 81
1150 - 120067 to 74
1100 - 115058 to 67
1050 - 110049 to 58
1000 - 105039 to 49

Understanding Your Score

What are Section Score Percentiles?

The SAT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall composite score as well as for each of the two section scores: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.

SAT Score Report Sample1

Here, this student scored 800 for Evidence Based Reading and Writing, placing them in the 99th percentile – that is, they did better than 99% of test-takers.

 

They scored 750 on the Math Section, placing them in the 96th percentile, meaning that they scored higher than 96% of test-takers.

Score Percentiles

Understanding Your Score

What score should I aim for?

The SAT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall score (out of 1600) as well as for each of the two sections: Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math. Your percentile rank tells you how you did on the SAT compared to other test-takers. For example, if you have a percentile ranking of 90, it means that you scored higher than 90% of other students who took that test.

 

For most competitive universities, we recommend trying to score at least within the 90th percentile.

Composite Score RangePercentile Ranking
1550 - 160099+
1500 - 155099 to 99+
1450 - 150097 to 99
1400 - 145094 to 97
1350 - 140091 to 94
1300 - 135087 to 91
1250 - 130081 to 87
1200 - 125074 to 81
1150 - 120067 to 74
1100 - 115058 to 67
1050 - 110049 to 58
1000 - 105039 to 49

Section Percentiles

Understanding Your Score

What are Section Score Percentiles?

The SAT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall composite score as well as for each of the two section scores: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.

SAT Score Report Sample1

Here, this student scored 800 for Evidence Based Reading and Writing, placing them in the 99th percentile – that is, they did better than 99% of test-takers.

 

They scored 750 on the Math Section, placing them in the 96th percentile, meaning that they scored higher than 96% of test-takers.