Before March 2005

If you took the SAT before March 2005, here’s how it differs from the SAT today.

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Your SAT Score Report

If you took the SAT before March 2005, your score report will contain slightly different information than SAT score reports after March 2005.

Your score report will contain:

Verbal

200-800 points (known as critical reading after March 2005)

Math

200-800 points

Your score report WILL NOT contain:

Writing

200-800 points

(No writing score is reported,
since the writing section
premiered in March 2005.)

Your score report displays the number of questions for each question type (verbal: reading, analogies sentence completions; mathematics: arithmetic and algebraic reasoning, geometric reasoning), that you answered right or wrong, or that you omitted. It also shows the total number of questions, your raw score and the estimated percentile for college-bound seniors based on the test you took. If there is a difference of 20 or more points between percentiles, you can assume that you performed better in one area than in another.

Note: Question-type information is specific to your most recent test score. Because raw scores are based on the specific edition of the test you took, you should not compare raw scores from different tests or for different question types. Question-type information is available only for the most recent SAT taken before March 2005.

Subject Test in Writing Before March 2005

For the SAT Subject Test in Writing, your score report includes a section displaying each question type (identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, improving paragraphs, writing sample), and the number of questions you answered right or wrong, or that you omitted. Also displayed are the total number of questions, your raw score and the estimated percentile for college-bound seniors based on the specific edition of the writing test you took. The percentile for the writing sample is not reported. Look at your writing subscore range to find out how well you did on the writing sample.

Beware what you compare

The raw-score information in this section of the score report is based on the specific writing test you took. It should not be compared with raw-score information from different editions of the test or different question types. Scores from the SAT Subject Test in Writing and the writing section on the SAT are not comparable.

English Language Proficiency Test — Before March 2005

Both numerical scores and proficiency ratings are reported for the English Language Proficiency Test. For numerical scores, the total score is reported on a scale from 901 to 999, and the listening and reading subscores (weighted equally) are reported on a scale from 1 to 50. Each question is classified on a proficiency scale according to the level of skill measured: intermediate, advanced or superior. Scores are based on descriptions of proficiency in reading and listening.