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What's the Highest SAT Score Possible?

Last updated April 9, 2024

You may know that a high SAT score can positively contribute to your college applications. But how does SAT scoring work, and what's the highest SAT score possible? We explain what you need to know! 

What's the Highest SAT Score Possible? What's an Average SAT Score?

Where to find your SAT score

Your score will be located in your student score portal. In addition to your score, you can also learn more information about your performance compared to other people in your school, district, or state, as well as your performance compared to college and career readiness benchmarks.

Source: College Board

What's the highest SAT score possible?

SAT scores range from 400-1600, 1600 being the highest possible score. This score, known as your total score, is calculated by adding your scores from the Reading & Writing and Math sections. Both sections are worth anywhere from 200-800 points. Your total score is what is sent to colleges to supplement your applications. 

What's the average SAT score? 

The average SAT score varies per school year. The average total SAT score for the class of 2023 was 1028.

Do colleges have score preferences or requirements?

Colleges may have required or preferred SAT scores. For example, more competitive schools, such as Ivy League colleges like Yale, may prefer higher SAT scores than a public two-year state college would. To learn the average SAT score range of admitted students to a college you're interested in, we recommend using BigFuture's College Search Tool. Just type in a college's name to learn more!

Have any questions about studying for the SAT or understanding your score? Text #Hello to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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