SAT II: Subject Test Scoring Guide

March 2nd, 2016

SAT II: Subject Test Scoring Guide:

Now that the hard part is over, what can a student expect when it comes to the scoring process?

After you sign-up for a free diagnostic exam, you will realize all Subject Exams have a scaled score between 200-800 points.  A student will usually have access to their score report around four weeks after taking an exam.  If a student needs the results sooner, the College Board offers a “rush reporting service” for a fee.


Students have three primary methods for releasing their scores: during registration, after registration, and “score choice.”  “Score Choice” lets the students elect which scores (by test date and by specific test) to send to colleges.

If “score choice” is not selected, colleges will receive all of the student’s scores.  The deadline to cancel any scores is the ensuing Wednesday after the specific test date.  The last recommendation is to schedule a consultation with a manager to discuss the student’s score report in detail and any final guidance.

SAT II Subject tests are scored using a “guessing penalty.”  For each answer that is bubbled in incorrectly, a quarter point will be deducted from the total raw point score.  The raw score is calculated by tallying up the number of questions the student answered correctly and subtracting  the number of wrong answers, multiplied by 1/4.  If a student answers 40 correctly, and 12 incorrectly, the raw score calculation would be: 40 -[12(.25)]= 37.

This raw score of a 37 would then be turned into a scaled score out of 800.  Each test has a slightly different “raw score to scaled score” conversion.  Moreover, each time the College Board proctors an official SAT II Subject test, those scores are evaluated separately from tests proctored on different dates.

Long story short, the best way to get started is to sign up for a free, full-length practice SAT II Subject test.  From there, we set up a free consultation to review the results and explain the process in detail with respect to your goals and your individual score.