Lowest SAT Score

Are you tired of attending the SAT exam many times to increase your score? Don't worry if you get low SAT score; there are few schools accepting the lowest SAT score. We provided you the detailed info about the SAT score.

Updated by Niharika Padiga on 17th March 2020

Lowest SAT Score possible is 400 points.

200 in Maths and 200 in Reading and Writing.

Cracking the entrance exam and entering into a college is becoming stressful and tougher. Everyone cannot crack the SAT, a low-test score doesn’t mean you cannot enter into a college.


What is the Lowest SAT Score?

The SAT score depends upon the college you choose. If you select the best college/university, there is a chance of asking for a high SAT score for admission. 

The SAT, in general, uses a scale from 400-1600. The Math section is for 800 points and rest for the other 800 points (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section) for which total comes to 1600.

Earlier, the average SAT score is 1600, but it has been revised to 1000 now. The bottom 25% of scorers have about 1270 earlier and 850 revised. Any score below 1100 old/750 revised is rare – only 10% of test-takers score that low.

So, don’t worry if you have low test scores because there are few colleges/universities offering admission.

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Colleges/Universities Accepting Low SAT Scores

Here is the list of colleges accepting students with the lowest SAT test score.

College/University Name

25th Percentile

75th Percentile

Acceptance Rate

Fort Valley State University

430

698

44%

Arkansas Tech University

500

620

91%

Central State University

710

880

57%

Idaho State University

450

570

100%

Bethune-Cookman University

710

880

54%

Wiley College

640

1020

39.5%

Lane College

720

860

60%

Grambling State University

410

490

43%

Rust College

730

890

52.1%

Paine College

740

930

32%

Mount Mercy University

500

590

63%

Paul Quinn College

730

950

54%

University of West Georgia

430

510

60%

Jarvis Christian College

720

880

54%

Paine College

740

930

32%

Albany State University

750

900

9035%

Livingstone College

755

920

37%

Langston University

760

1040

53.8%

Wesley College

750

1050

60%

Pine Manor College

770

970

41%

Nebraska Christian College

760

1060

33.5%

Virginia Union University

780

970

57%


How to Choose Your College for Low SAT Score

Be aware to check for the minimum criteria before choosing your college/university and also if it fits you. Ask yourself for a few questions and check it out.

  • Does the college you choose have the major to pursue further studies?

  • Check whether the students who have completed the major have ended in their chosen career

  • Research whether the college is in a small or big town

  • Check for the number of students with the college

  • What is the percentage of students working or attending college after masters? How many are unemployed?

Also, you have to choose a college/university which is safety colleges and some are match colleges and reach colleges.

What do these colleges' actual meaning? Well, a safety college is the one where your score exceeds the normal admission college criteria, a match school is the one where you meet the criteria, and a reach school is one where you fall just under the criteria.

  • Safety Colleges: Score exceeds the middle 50% range (50 points)

  • Match Colleges: Your score reaches down within the middle 50% or just above

  • Reach Colleges: Score below the middle 50%


Why These Colleges Have Low SAT Scores? Are these Good or Bad?

There are many reasons for colleges accepting students with low SAT scores.

In order to increase admissions or to encourage students, they offer low SAT scores. There are a number of the best colleges such as Wake Forest, Bryn Mawr, and George Washington University, that do not require SAT scores for admission.

This doesn’t mean they are not excellent colleges/universities; they just do not think the SAT is the best norm for admission into their college/university.