Improve Your Score
About the Scholarship
Practice pays off-and it can help pay for college, too.
Students 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 after every SAT offering. See SAT test dates.
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 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.
Each month, 25 students will be randomly selected on the drawing dates 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.
Your My Action Plan progress tracker will update when you’ve earned an entry. After the first drawing, you’ll also see your earned entries on the My Achievements page.
If you started practicing and linked your Khan Academy® account to your College Board account, you’ll immediately see your practice progress.
We count the score increase of 100 points or more from your lowest score on the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT. PSAT™ 10 and PSAT™ 8/9 scores don’t count toward this scholarship.
The SAT is offered at test centers across the country on Saturdays and also given at certain high schools during the school day. Upcoming test dates include:
- March 9, 2019
- May 4, 2019
- June 1, 2019
- August 24, 2019*
- October 5, 2019*
- November 2, 2019*
- December 7, 2019*
Yes. Once you qualify, you earn an entry. If you aren't selected in a given Improve drawing, your entry will roll forward to the next one.
Yes. We always celebrate score improvement, but if you want to qualify, you’ll need to practice 12 hours using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®.
Score improvement of 100 or more points must happen in order to qualify. Your baseline score for this scholarship is the lowest PSAT/NMSQT or SAT test score you have. In this case, your SAT score becomes your baseline score, since it’s lower than your PSAT/NMSQT score. Your score would then need to improve by 100 points in a subsequent SAT administration.
Congratulations on your continued score improvement! Each student can only qualify one time for this scholarship.
Yes. If your baseline score is 1500 or higher, you can qualify for this scholarship if you have any score improvement on a subsequent SAT as long as you also practice for 12 hours on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®.
Yes. Because your first SAT score is lower than your PSAT/NMSQT score, your first SAT score is your baseline score for this scholarship. Since the next SAT you took increased 100 or more points from your baseline score, you will qualify for this scholarship as long as you also practice for 12 hours.
Congratulations on improving your score! To qualify for the Improve scholarship, you need to increase your score by 100 points or more from your baseline and you need to practice for 12 hours. You also must check your scores on the score reporting portal (not just on the paper report you received in the mail). Once you do, you’ll be entered in the next Improve drawing.