Every so often you see SAT scores discussed for some politician or other worthy. These are usually old, old scores, maybe 30 or 40 years old.

SAT scores these days are always multiples of 10. Going back a ways, I took the SAT in 1986 and my scores also were always multiples of 10, and I believe I have seen scoring tables for some years in which some multiples of 10 were skipped, e.g. you could get 680 or 700 but nothing in between.

Yet, in the news, I’ve seen a couple of cases where people have claimed oddball scores like 642. Were scores reported as other than multiples of 10 in days gone by? The best answer would be from someone who took the SAT a long time ago and in fact received a score that was not a multiple of 10.

On the SAT, I don’t believe it was ever possible to score higher than 800. By definition, I thought 800 meant that you’d gotten every question correct. I’ve certainly never encountered anyone who scored higher than 800.

Is it possible that this is a regional thing? Because I took mine in '94 and was given scores to the point. I don’t remember the separate scores, but the last two digits of my combined were 11, which hardly counts as a mutiple of 10.

You don’t need a perfect score to get an 800. The curve is different for each test, in fact. Getting one wrong each on the math and verbal sections last May gave a 780M/800V score. Each subject test is different as well; for the Math IIc, you can leave a number blank or wrong, and still get an 800.