What is SAT Superscore and How Does It Work?

What is SAT Superscore and How Does It Work?

What is SAT Superscore?

Your SAT Superscore is the total of your highest scores on each test section.

For example: Let’s say you scored a 630 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test and a a 710 on the Math test the first time you took the SAT. On your second try, let’s say you scored a 650 in EBRW and a 700 on Math. Your Superscore would be the total of your highest scores on each section, which would amount to a total score of 1360 (650 plus 710).

Sounds good, right? Superscoring is great, but keep in mind that while many colleges and universities count applicants’ SAT Superscores, many others do not. And remember, Superscores only come into play if you take the SAT more than once (which you should do, if you can).

Some use the Superscore for admission decisions but request to see all of each applicants’ test scores in order to create a more holistic picture of each candidate. That’s why, depending on where you’re applying, it may be important not to take the test too many times.

Some others will only consider your single highest total SAT score. In the example above, that would be a 1350, the total score of the second test.

If you are unsure of a school’s policies regarding score submission, check out College Board’s BigFuture site. Admission policies do change regularly, so also make sure to double check the “application requirements” section of each university and college website at the beginning of your application cycle (the fall of the year you’ll be applying to college).

How to Use It

For schools that do accept Superscores, you should use College Board’s Score Choice tool, which allows you to send only your highest scores to colleges and universities. And be sure to read this post on taking the SAT more than twice for advice on strategizing your test-taking and score submission.


Stephen P. is a writer and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has taught literature and writing courses at several universities and has taught writing and reading at Elite Prep Los Angeles since 2010.