Math IIC Scoring
Math IIC Scoring
Scoring on the SAT II Math IIC is very similar to the scoring for all other SAT II tests. For every right answer, you earn 1 point. For every wrong answer, you lose 1/4 of a point. For every question you leave blank, you earn 0 points. Add these points up, and you get your raw score. ETS then converts your raw score to a scaled score according to a special curve. We have included a generalized version of that curve in the table below. Note that the curve changes slightly for each edition of the test, so the table shown will be close to, but not exactly the same as, the table used by the ETS for the particular test you take. You should use this chart to convert your raw scores on practice tests into a scaled score.
Scaled Score Average Raw Score Scaled Score Average Raw Score
800 50 570 18
800 49 560 17
800 48 550 16
800 47 540 15
800 46 530 14
800 45 520 13
800 44 510 12
800 43 500 11
790 42 490 10
780 41 480 9
770 40 470 8
760 39 450 7
750 38 440 6
740 37 430 5
730 36 420 4
720 35 410 3
710 34 400 2
700 33 390 1
690 32 380 0
680 31 370 –1
680 30 360 –2
670 29 350 –3
660 28 340 –4
650 27 330 –5
640 26 320 –6
630 25 310 –7
630 24 300 –8
620 23 300 –9
610 22 290 –10
600 21 290 –11
590 20 280 –12
580 19 280 –13
In addition to its function as a conversion table, this chart contains crucial information: it tells you that you can do very well on the SAT II Math IIC without answering every question correctly. In fact, you could skip some questions and get some other questions wrong and still earn a “perfect” score of 800.
For example, in a test of 50 questions, you could score:
  • 800 if you answered 44 right, 4 wrong, and left 2 blank
  • 750 if you answered 40 right, 8 wrong, and left 2 blank
  • 700 if you answered 35 right, 8 wrong, and left 7 blank
  • 650 if you answered 30 right, 12 wrong, and left 8 blank
  • 600 if you answered 25 right, 16 wrong, and left 9 blank
This chart should prove to you that when you’re taking the test, you should not imagine your score plummeting with every question you can’t confidently answer. You can do very well on this test without knowing or answering everything. So don’t get unnecessarily wound up if you run into a difficult question. The key to doing well on the SAT II Math IIC is to take the whole test well, and to follow a strategy that ensures you will answer all the questions you can, while intelligently guessing on the questions you feel less certain about. We will talk about such strategies in the next chapter.
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