How bad is a 1090 on the SAT, considering it’s my first attempt?

Matt Larriva
Sep 16, 2020

This question is too subjective to be useful. The other will tell you that you’re in the XXth percentile, and “not bad at all.”

And, if your goal was admission to a testing-optional school, or if your goal was to score at the average, then those answers are correct.

But if your target was 1500 or Ivy League admission then this is a very weak score and you’ll need substantial preparation in order to achieve your goal.

The reason it’s a bad question is because it’s phrased such that you will not receive constructive answers.

Nothing is objectively good or bad other than the context that you frame it in. A 1600 isn’t a good score if you’re applying to a test-blind school, it’s an useless score. A score of 900 isn’t bad either if you’re not planning to submit your score or if you’re a 7th grader.

Add some context and you will receive a better answer, otherwise, google is a better resource.

Matthew Larriva·Owner of Powerful Prep. Author of test prep books. Experienced tutor & counselor How bad is a 1090 on the SAT, considering it’s my first attempt?