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SAT scores

Question:
What are the average scores for students taking the SAT?

Response:
The SAT (formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test) is not designed as an indicator of student achievement, but rather as an aid for predicting how well students will do in college. Between 1998–99 and 2004–05, the mathematics SAT average score increased by 9 points, but it decreased 7 points between 2004–05 (520) and 2013–14 (513). The critical reading average score decreased 11 points between 2004–05 (508) and 2013–14 (497). The writing average score in 2013–14 (487) was 10 points lower than in 2005–06 (497), the year in which the SAT writing section was introduced.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics, 2014 (NCES 2016–006), Chapter 2.

SAT mean scores of college-bound seniors, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1986–87 through 2013–14
Race/ethnicity 1986–87 1990–91 1996–97 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
SAT-Critical reading
All students 507 499 505 505 506 504 507 508 508 503 502 502 501 501 497 496 496 497
White 524 518 526 528 529 527 529 528 532 527 527 528 528 528 528 527 527 529
Black 428 427 434 434 433 430 431 430 433 434 433 430 429 429 428 428 431 431
Mexican American 457 454 451 453 451 446 448 451 453 454 455 454 453 454 451 448 449 450
Puerto Rican 436 436 454 456 457 455 456 457 460 459 459 456 452 454 452 452 456 456
Other Hispanic 464 458 466 461 460 458 457 461 463 458 459 455 455 454 451 447 450 451
Asian/Pacific Islander 479 485 496 499 501 501 508 507 511 510 514 513 516 519 517 518 521 523
American Indian/Alaska Native 471 470 475 482 481 479 480 483 489 487 487 485 486 485 484 482 480 483
Other 480 486 512 508 503 502 501 494 495 494 497 496 494 494 493 491 492 493
SAT-Mathematics
All students 501 500 511 514 514 516 519 518 520 518 515 515 515 516 514 514 514 513
White 514 513 526 530 531 533 534 531 536 536 534 537 536 536 535 536 534 534
Black 411 419 423 426 426 427 426 427 431 429 429 426 426 428 427 428 429 429
Mexican American 455 459 458 460 458 457 457 458 463 465 466 463 463 467 466 465 464 461
Puerto Rican 432 439 447 451 451 451 453 452 457 456 454 453 450 452 452 452 453 450
Other Hispanic 462 462 468 467 465 464 464 465 469 463 463 461 461 462 462 461 461 459
Asian/Pacific Islander 541 548 560 565 566 569 575 577 580 578 578 581 587 591 595 595 597 598
American Indian/Alaska Native 463 468 475 481 479 483 482 488 493 494 494 491 493 492 488 489 486 484
Other 482 492 514 515 512 514 513 508 513 513 512 512 514 514 517 516 519 520
SAT-Writing
All students 497 494 494 493 492 489 488 488 487
White 519 518 518 517 516 516 515 515 513
Black 428 425 424 421 420 417 417 418 418
Mexican American 452 450 447 446 448 445 443 442 443
Puerto Rican 448 447 445 443 443 442 442 445 443
Other Hispanic 450 450 448 448 447 444 442 443 443
Asian/Pacific Islander 512 513 516 520 526 528 528 527 530
American Indian/Alaska Native 474 473 470 469 467 465 462 461 461
Other 493 493 494 493 492 492 491 490 491

† Not applicable.

NOTE: Data for 2009–10 and earlier years are for seniors who took the SAT any time during their high school years through March of their senior year. Data for 2010–11 onwards are for seniors who took the SAT any time during their high school years through June of their senior year. If a student took a test more than once, the most recent score was used. The SAT was formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Possible scores on each part of the SAT range from 200 to 800. The critical reading section was formerly known as the verbal section. The writing section was introduced in March 2005.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics, 2014 (NCES 2016-006), Table 226.10.

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