Are you looking for ultra high-precision SAT percentiles? Official SAT percentiles released by the College Board only go as far as the ones place—this means you'll see only whole numbers such as 2, 56, and 93, without any decimals. But this isn't accurate enough for some test takers.

For this article, I've calculated SAT percentiles to six digits of precision (and, yes, every digit can help, especially if you're scoring at the high end!).

## Refresher: What Are SAT Score Percentiles?

If you need a detailed refresher on what an SAT percentile is, I highly recommend this excellent article on how to use SAT percentiles to your advantage.

In short, your SAT percentile ranking tells you how you did compared with everyone else. So if you got a 65th percentile score (sometimes spelled %ile), this means you scored better than 65% of all other test takers.

Note that your percentile score is not at all like a test score out of 100. While a test score refers to the fraction of questions you got right, a percentile represents the fraction of test takers you beat.

## What Are the Percentile Ranges for the SAT?

Most charts, including those from the College Board itself, only give SAT percentiles to two digits of precision. This leads to a lot of silly tables. For example, on the official percentiles table, a ton of SAT scores map to the 99th percentile. In fact, on the composite scores chart, 10 scores (from 1510 to 1600) correspond to the 99th percentile.

This just isn't enough precision for many reasons. For example, even though a score of 1510 is in the same percentile as a perfect 1600 is, you can rest assured that far fewer test takers actually get a full 1600 than they do a 1510. If you're scoring near the top of the score range, knowing high-precision SAT percentiles can be very helpful.

Even for students scoring less than near-perfect SAT scores, high-precision percentiles can help. If you're competitive and want to get into a good college, every percent matters (just take a look at sports, wherein races are often won by mere hundredths of a second!).

Suppose you find out you improved from the 50th to the 51st percentile. This could be just a small jump from 50.4 to 50.5, or it could be a massive leap from 49.5 to 51.4. One is 19 times larger than the other! In other words, high-precision SAT percentiles help you understand more about your own SAT scoring abilities and improvements.

### High-Precision, 6-Digit SAT Percentiles Chart

Without further ado, here is our high-precision SAT percentiles table.

Note: To make this table, I used official SAT score data from 2015. So why not 2020 data? 2015 was the last time the College Board released charts detailing the exact number of test takers that got every possible score on the SAT. (Nowadays, they only release ranges.) But since percentiles don't change much from year to year, these high-precision percentiles should still hold true today.

 Old SAT Score New SAT Score Percentile 2400 1600 99.9826 2390 1600 99.9581 2380 1590 99.9411 2370 1590 99.9157 2360 1590 99.8801 2350 1580 99.8413 2340 1580 99.7950 2330 1570 99.7354 2320 1570 99.6664 2310 1560 99.5923 2300 1560 99.5141 2290 1550 99.4276 2280 1550 99.3395 2270 1550 99.2459 2260 1540 99.1397 2250 1540 99.0273 2240 1530 98.9104 2230 1530 98.7855 2220 1520 98.6515 2210 1520 98.5063 2200 1510 98.3528 2190 1510 98.1924 2180 1510 98.0238 2170 1500 97.8469 2160 1500 97.6597 2150 1490 97.4642 2140 1490 97.2555 2130 1480 97.0358 2120 1480 96.8045 2110 1470 96.5559 2100 1470 96.2958 2090 1460 96.0276 2080 1450 95.7529 2070 1450 95.4650 2060 1440 95.1588 2050 1440 94.8398 2040 1430 94.5099 2030 1430 94.1634 2020 1420 93.7955 2010 1410 93.4120 2000 1410 93.0201 1990 1400 92.6195 1980 1400 92.2101 1970 1390 91.7854 1960 1380 91.3402 1950 1380 90.8779 1940 1380 90.3975 1930 1370 89.9012 1920 1360 89.3846 1910 1350 88.8429 1900 1350 88.2867 1890 1340 87.7155 1880 1340 87.1305 1870 1330 86.5287 1860 1320 85.9086 1850 1320 85.2697 1840 1310 84.6085 1830 1300 83.9373 1820 1300 83.2498 1810 1290 82.5362 1800 1290 81.7995 1790 1280 81.0451 1780 1270 80.2791 1770 1270 79.4952 1760 1260 78.6945 1750 1250 77.8770 1740 1250 77.0333 1730 1240 76.1735 1720 1230 75.3036 1710 1230 74.4108 1700 1220 73.4994 1690 1210 72.5711 1680 1210 71.6280 1670 1200 70.6719 1660 1200 69.7021 1650 1190 68.7169 1640 1180 67.7098 1630 1180 66.6887 1620 1170 65.6533 1610 1160 64.5884 1600 1160 63.5074 1590 1150 62.4244 1580 1140 61.3263 1570 1140 60.2113 1560 1130 59.0780 1550 1120 57.9348 1540 1120 56.7944 1530 1110 55.6413 1520 1110 54.4725 1510 1100 53.2926 1500 1090 52.1009 1490 1090 50.9224 1480 1080 49.7397 1470 1070 48.5449 1460 1070 47.3556 1450 1060 46.1566 1440 1050 44.9528 1430 1050 43.7531 1420 1040 42.5425 1410 1030 41.3276 1400 1030 40.1243 1390 1020 38.9328 1380 1020 37.7371 1370 1010 36.5401 1360 1000 35.3573 1350 1000 34.1848 1340 990 33.0214 1330 980 31.8637 1320 980 30.7209 1310 970 29.5865 1300 960 28.4646 1290 950 27.3632 1280 950 26.2750 1270 940 25.1993 1260 930 24.1399 1250 930 23.1032 1240 920 22.0875 1230 910 21.0863 1220 910 20.1109 1210 900 19.1715 1200 890 18.2462 1190 890 17.3384 1180 880 16.4691 1170 870 15.6303 1160 870 14.8145 1150 860 14.0277 1140 850 13.2678 1130 850 12.5365 1120 840 11.8273 1110 830 11.1387 1100 830 10.4869 1090 820 9.8699 1080 810 9.2785 1070 810 8.7117 1060 800 8.1716 1050 800 7.6531 1040 790 7.1558 1030 780 6.6918 1020 780 6.2537 1010 770 5.8385 1000 760 5.4509 990 760 5.0868 980 750 4.7419 970 740 4.4099 960 740 4.1003 950 730 3.8120 940 730 3.5352 930 720 3.2731 920 710 3.0288 910 710 2.7996 900 700 2.5786 890 690 2.3712 880 690 2.1790 870 680 1.9942 860 670 1.8196 850 660 1.6576 840 650 1.5043 830 640 1.3616 820 630 1.2274 810 620 1.1014 800 610 0.9862 790 600 0.8816 780 590 0.7862 770 580 0.6972 760 570 0.6150 750 560 0.5381 740 550 0.4663 730 530-540 0.4022 720 520 0.3430 710 510 0.2897 700 500 0.2430 690 490 0.2014 680 480 0.1642 670 470 0.1312 660 460 0.1047 650 450 0.0831 640 440 0.0651 630 430 0.0484 620 420 0.0365 610 410 0.0278 600 400 0.0112

### Methodology: How Did We Calculate These High-Precision SAT Percentiles?

To calculate the SAT score percentiles above, we used real data released by the College Board on the exact number of students who earned a certain score. Then, we summed the exact number of students (not a survey, not an estimate—the precise number of students to the single individual) to get the percentile.

Within a score group (e.g., those scoring exactly 2110), we presume exactly half are above and half are below so that 600 does not correspond to 0.0000 percentile, nor does a perfect 2400 correspond to 100.0000 percentile exactly.

A note about the current SAT vs the old SAT: The table above is from the old SAT, with imputed new SAT scores. This means that current SAT scores are not directly from the current SAT; they are calculated from how old SAT scores convert to new SAT scores. This is good enough if you want a rough mapping between the two. Unfortunately, the College Board no longer releases exact numbers of test takers for each score, so we can't update this table for 2020 (though the percentiles shouldn't have changed much anyway!).

## Do SAT Percentiles Change From Year to Year?

As I mentioned above, SAT score percentiles don't change much from year to year, so you can use any of the 2013, 2014, 2015 scores for each other. However, you shouldn't use very early years (e.g., 2005) since the test does suffer from some long-term drift.

It's also important to note that the SAT underwent a massive redesign in March 2016, shifting from a 2400-point scale to a 1600-point scale. Despite this change, SAT percentiles—even those based on the old SAT (e.g., 2015 and 2016)—haven't changed much, so you can still use the chart above to estimate high-precision percentiles for the current SAT.

## What's Next?

Now that you know the ins and outs of national SAT percentiles, check out what the average SAT scores are, or take a look at the average SAT scores in your state.

Trying to figure out your SAT target score? Maybe you've taken the SAT but aren't sure whether your score makes you competitive. If so, check out our guide to SAT scores to help you develop your personal target score using the colleges you want to apply to.

Reaching for the stars? Check out what a good SAT score for the Ivy League looks like.