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Connecticut Students: Wondering what to do with your April 5th SAT Scores released on May 8th?

1. Understand Your Score Report

Here are the key scores every student should know:

Total Score: The total score out of 1600 is the most important number to consider. It’s the sum of your scores on both Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so your raw score is the sum of the number of questions you answered correctly.

Section Scores: Reading and Writing & Language make up the Verbal Section and account for 400 points each out of the section’s 800 total points. The Math test includes the entirety of the Math Section, accounting for all 800 points. Your focus should be on where your test scores fall on the red, yellow, and green graph. Scores in the yellow and red represent areas in which a student has not yet demonstrated proficiency, meaning that these are areas to focus on for future improvement.

Subscores represent the specific test content within Reading, Writing, and Math. They provide an in-depth look at your student’s performance and are particularly useful for making a test prep plan. For example: if your subscore falls within the red zone for a particular test – those are weaker areas that you need to practice.

Percentile Scores indicate how well you did in comparison to other test takers. For example: if you scored in the 64th percentile, you did better than 64% of other test takers.

2. Link up your scores to Khan Academy’s practice

The College Board has hired Khan Academy to help students prepare for the SAT. If you send your scores to Khan Academy (there is a link right on your Score Report), Khan will customize your practice based on your error patterns. This is especially useful for math. Sal Khan is a math guy, and his videos and answer explanations for math continue to be instructive.

3. Order the Question and Answer Summary (if you plan to take the August Test) 

The College Board has offered students the option to order a question and answer guide online for an additional $18. This summary will provide you the April booklet along with your specific right and wrong answer choices from your April Test giving you excellent insight into your error patterns.

4. Register Now for the August Test

If you plan to take the August 26th Test — register now because there may not be enough physical seats to meet the demand for the test. The number of available testing locations appears to be significantly lower for the August test than it is for the October exam. Right now, only three local testing sites are offering the test: Naugatuck, Oxford, and Westover.

5. Understand What A Competitive SAT Score Is With Respect To Your GPA and College List.

Based on your college list, you will want to aim for a score within this 75th % (Average Score for 75% of accepted students.) You should definitely aim for this number if you are applying regular decision. But, keep in mind that test scores are only one component of the admissions equation. Your GPA is paramount to your candidacy as well.


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