The SAT Reasoning Test is a test that measures verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills related to successful performance in college. The current SAT scores reflect recent changes to the SAT which now includes three sections instead of two. The writing section was new in 2006. The SAT Reasoning Test is intended to supplement the secondary school record and other information about the student, in assessing readiness for college-level work.
"The most significant factor in interpreting SAT scores is the proportion of eligible students taking the exam - the participation rate. In general, the higher the percentage of students taking the test, the lower the average scores." College Board Press Release, August 28, 2001.
The SAT results are reported as the mean (average) scores for each section. SAT scores in each section range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest).