What's the      Difference?

Scoring the Tests


SAT/ACT Scores

SAT Scores

You'll earn a score on each of 3 sections: SAT Critical Reading, SAT Math, and SAT Writing (the essay). Each is scored on a 200 to 800-point scale making the “perfect” score 2400. The national average score per section is around 500.

On the score report, your verbal and math scores are also reported as percentiles (e.g., if your raw score is 75 points, you are in the 83rd percentile of college-bound students. This means that 83% of students who took the test nationally scored lower than you did, and 17% scored higher).

In March of 2009, the College Board unrolled a new score-reporting policy that allows students to pick and choose the SAT test scores they want released. Score Choice™ will give students the option to choose their best SAT results to send to colleges. So those terrible scores never need see the light of day.

Score Choice Fast Facts:

  • Score Choice is optional and free
  • The new policy does not affect scores sent directly to students and their high schools; both will continue to receive all scores
  • To take advantage of the new policy, students simply select the test scores they want released according to the date the test was taken; If students DO NOT choose Score Choice, all of their test results will be sent to the schools specified as recipients
  • Once the program is launched, students can choose scores from earlier test dates, too
  • Only scores from an entire SAT test (Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics) will be sent; students may not choose individual sections from different test sittings for release.
  • Students who choose to send all of their test scores can still do so at no charge
  • Students can also choose to release specific, individual SAT Subject Tests, rather than all of their Subject Tests

*Score Choice™ information taken from for more information
please see the CollegeBoard site.

ACT Scores

The ACT is scored within the range of 36 (highest) through 1 (lowest).

Your score report conveys your score for each of the four tests as well as a composite score. The composite score is the average of your four test scores rounded to the nearest whole number.

There are several websites that offer tutorials and practice test. Here are a few:


NCAA Official Site
Education Planner
College Board