What is the minimum score needed to pass the SAT?


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The SAT isn't the kind a student can "pass" or "fail." It's used as a measurement tool to compare one student's abilities to others in order for colleges to make admissions decisions.

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The subject scores for the test range from 200 to 800 with subset scores reported on a scale from 20 to 80. Collegeboard.org reports the average score for each subject as follows: Critical Reading - 502, Mathematics - 515, and Writing - 494. Once the College Board determines the scores, the next step compares those scores to the state's percentile. For example, if a state's percentile score of 502 is 43, that means the student who received the score did 43 percent better than other college-bound seniors. Although SAT scores are not the only consideration an admissions board makes, a higher score is more appealing to the board members.

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