Improve Your Score
About the Scholarship
Practice pays off-and it can help pay for college, too.
Students in the class of 2020 who practice for the SAT for 12 hours using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® and improve their score by 100+ points—either from their PSAT/NMSQT® to SAT or SAT to SAT—will earn a chance at a $2,000 scholarship.
College Board will award 25 Improve scholarships at the end of the month when scores are reported after every SAT offering. See SAT test dates.
For students in the class of 2021, The Improve Your Score scholarship will open in April 2020. We will update the Improve Scholarship details when the scholarship opens on April 1, 2020. For now, you may reference the Class of 2021 Official Rules for qualifying details.
How to Qualify
- Join College Board Opportunity Scholarships program.
- Sign in to your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts.
- Link your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts.
- Start practicing for the SAT using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®.
- Practice for 12+ hours.
- Sign in to your College Board account on the score reporting portal to view your scores from the PSAT/NMSQT or a previous SAT to set a target score of 100 points higher.
- Take the SAT.
- View your scores again on the score reporting portal to see if you’ve improved your SAT score by 100+ points.
Important: Checking your scores on your paper report isn’t enough. You must check your scores on the score reporting portal.
Improve Scholarship Tips
- What is Official SAT Practice?
College Board and Khan Academy® partnered together to offer a FREE and personalized Official SAT Practice program to help you improve your SAT scores. There are thousands of practice questions, videos, practice tests, lessons, and test-taking tips and strategies. The program will use your scores from the PSAT/NMSQT or previous SAT to create a personalized study plan to map areas for improvement.
- How do you link your accounts?
Create a Khan Academy® account on satpractice.org and link your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts. Next, click the prompt to agree to send your scores from College Board to Khan Academy® to successfully link your accounts. Watch this video for guidance.
You must link your accounts for your practice hours to count toward the $2,000 Improve scholarship.
- What SAT score do you need to qualify?
There is no minimum SAT score required for the Improve scholarship. The key is practicing and then improving your score by 100 or more points. To do that, you’ll need a PSAT/NMSQT score or an initial SAT score if you haven’t taken the PSAT/NMSQT. That is your starting or baseline score. After you take an SAT, check your score(s) on the score reporting portal to see if your score increased by the required 100 points.
Dates and Deadlines
Scholarships are awarded every month when SAT scores are released from April 2019 through January 2020. A new eligibility window starts on the first day of each month of a drawing and ends at midnight on the last day of that month. The drawing occurs on the first day of the following month.
Once you earn an entry for the Improve scholarship by practicing 12 hours on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® and improving your SAT score by 100 or more points, your entry will roll forward into all later Improve scholarship drawings.
For students in the class of 2021, The Improve Your Score scholarship will open in April 2020. We will update the Scholarship details when the scholarship opens on April 1, 2020. For now, you may reference the Class of 2021 Official Rules for qualifying details.
Each month of a drawing, 25 students will be randomly selected on the drawing date to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Thirteen of those scholarships will be awarded to students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.
We’ll notify qualified students by email to check their results on the My Achievements page.