MathSP Target Score Calculator
What is Your Target Score?
You can make the job of planning your SAT and/or ACT studies simpler if you know what score range you need to achieve to best position yourself for acceptance into your top schools. Research the colleges and universities on your list and find out what counts as a “good score” for those institutions – most publish their middle 50th percentile scores for their admitted students each year. You may even want to speak with a college admission adviser to learn more about test requirements for a particular institution. Make sure you have the most current information – requirements can change from year to year! Once you find out the middle 50th percentile scores for each school on your list, your goal should be to score at the top of this range or higher. From your list, highlight the highest score for each section of the SAT (Math, Critical Reading, and Writing) and/or ACT (Math, Science, Reading, English, and Writing) – this set of scores that you’ve highlighted is called your target scores. Reaching your target scores will not only increase your chance of admission, but also increase your chance of earning scholarships!
How to Calculate Your Target Scores
Step 1: Make a list of your top colleges and universities. Step 2: Research each institution on your list. Visit each school’s website, specifically the admission’s page. Step 3: Record the SAT and/or ACT score range for admitted and/or enrolled students reported for each school on your list. Make sure you record not just the composite scores, but also the individual scores for each section of the test(s). If you are having trouble locating the information from the website, you may want to call the admissions office to speak with an adviser. Step 4: Record the SAT Subject Test requirements, if any. Some colleges “require” that you take two to three Subject Tests, others “recommend” that you take Subject Tests, while others “do not recommend.” If the schools on your list require or recommend the SAT Subject Tests, determine how many and which subject areas. Step 5: Review the scores you’ve researched, and determine your target scores. Keep in mind that your target scores should be greater than or equal to the scores on your list for the college/university with the highest reported scores. You should have a target score for each section on the test, as well as an overall composite target score. Your target score is considered a “good score” for you – and keep in mind that what’s “good” for you will likely be different than what’s “good” for your peers! Step 6: Calculate your baseline score by either using your PSAT scores or by taking a practice test. If you have PSAT scores, simply add a zero to the end of your scores to convert your score to the SAT score range. If you have not taken the PSAT (of it has been a while since you took it), take a practice test to determine your baseline
scores. Step 7: Calculate the number of points needed to achieve your target scores by subtracting your baseline scores from your target scores. We developed this handy Target Score Calculator Guide to help you determine your target scores for the SAT, SAT Subject Test, and/or ACT. Use the guide to also determine how far away you are from your target scores. Then create a study plan to help you gain the points you need to reach your target scores! Download Target Score Calculator Guide Download Target Score Calculator Guide – SAT Download Target Score Calculator Guide – ACT
MathSP Can Help You Reach Your Target Scores!
You may have some work to do to gain the points needed to reach your target score. Have no fear! MathSP is here help you score your highest. Our proven test preparation curriculum can be delivered through either private tutoring or small group courses. All curricula are presented by MathSP expert Test Prep Coaches in an interactive environment with concept-based homework assignments, timed practice sessions, progress reports, and real practice tests. Learn more about how MathSP can help you achieve your target score today!