Is 1600 a Good SAT Score?

The SAT is an important standardized exam that you need to take for entry into many colleges and universities. In general, the higher your score, the higher the chance you have to getting into top-ranked colleges, provided that you have the grades and extracurricular activities to supplement your score. Knowing if a 1600 is a good SAT score can help you determine the type of schools you can get into and whether should retake the exam.

Your percentile

The SAT sends you a scaled score out of 2400, plus your percentile. Your percentile for scoring a 1600 is 61, which means that you did better than 61 percent of students taking the exam. The SAT also sends your scaled score for each section of the exam, with each section having a scaled score ranging from 200 to 800 points. You can see your percentile for each of these sections as well.

Your score and colleges

A score of 1600 puts you slightly above average, which means that you usually qualify for most state schools and some private schools. Higher ranking schools, such as the Ivy Leagues, Stanford and even some state school systems, usually require a score of 2100. Based on this data, you may want to consider taking the SAT again to improve your score if you want to attend a top-ranked school.

You need to also keep in mind that a high SAT score does not automatically mean acceptance to a great school, just like a lower score does not mean automatic denial. Your personal essay, extracurricular activities, grades and letters of recommendation also play a key role. A score of 1600 on your SAT exam is enough to get you into many schools, but you should consider taking the exam again after a period of study to try to raise your chances for getting into a top-ranked institution.

1 Comment
  • stephanieleffler says:
    Posted: 4/8/2015

    Thanks for the help. Does anyone know if the SAT scale has changed over the last 20 years?

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