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Table 174. SAT mean scores of college-bound seniors and percentage of graduates taking SAT, by state: Selected years, 1995-96 through 2011-12
State 1995-96 2000-01 2005-06 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 Percent of
graduates
taking SAT,
2010-111
Percent of
graduates
taking SAT,
2011-121
Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Writing2 Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Writing2 Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Writing2 Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Writing2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
United States 505 508 506 514 503 518 497 501 516 492 497 514 489 496 514 488 53 54
Alabama 565 558 559 554 565 561 565 556 550 544 546 541 536 538 531 527 8 8
Alaska 521 513 514 510 517 517 493 518 515 491 515 511 487 512 507 485 52 54
Arizona 525 521 523 525 521 528 507 519 525 500 517 523 499 517 525 499 28 27
Arkansas 566 550 562 550 574 568 567 566 566 552 568 570 554 565 566 549 5 4
California 495 511 498 517 501 518 501 501 516 500 499 515 499 495 512 496 53 55
                                     
Colorado 536 538 539 542 558 564 548 568 572 555 570 573 556 575 581 562 19 17
Connecticut 507 504 509 510 512 516 511 509 514 513 509 513 513 506 512 510 87 88
Delaware3 508 495 501 499 495 500 484 493 495 481 489 490 476 456 462 444 74 100
District of Columbia 489 473 482 474 487 472 482 474 464 466 469 457 459 466 460 456 79 83
Florida 498 496 498 499 496 497 480 496 498 479 487 489 471 492 492 476 64 66
                                     
Georgia 484 477 491 489 494 496 487 488 490 475 485 487 473 488 489 475 80 81
Hawaii 485 510 486 515 482 509 472 483 505 470 479 500 469 478 500 467 64 66
Idaho 543 536 543 542 543 545 525 543 541 517 542 539 517 547 541 525 20 20
Illinois 564 575 576 589 591 609 586 585 600 577 599 617 591 596 615 587 5 5
Indiana 494 494 499 501 498 509 486 494 505 477 493 501 475 493 501 476 68 69
                                     
Iowa 590 600 593 603 602 613 591 603 613 582 596 606 575 603 606 580 3 3
Kansas 579 571 577 580 582 590 566 590 595 567 580 591 563 584 594 561 7 6
Kentucky 549 544 550 550 562 562 555 575 575 563 576 572 563 579 575 566 6 6
Louisiana 559 550 564 562 570 571 571 555 550 547 555 550 546 542 536 529 8 9
Maine4 504 498 506 500 501 501 491 468 467 454 469 469 453 470 472 452 93 93
                                     
Maryland 507 504 508 510 503 509 499 501 506 495 499 502 491 497 502 488 74 74
Massachusetts 507 504 511 515 513 524 510 512 526 509 513 527 509 513 530 508 89 89
Michigan 557 565 561 572 568 583 555 585 605 576 583 604 573 586 603 574 5 4
Minnesota 582 593 580 589 591 600 574 594 607 580 593 608 577 592 606 573 7 7
Mississippi 569 557 566 551 556 541 562 566 548 552 564 543 553 561 544 551 4 4
                                     
Missouri 570 569 577 577 587 591 582 593 595 580 592 593 579 589 592 575 5 5
Montana 546 547 539 539 538 545 524 538 538 517 539 537 516 536 536 511 26 28
Nebraska 567 568 562 568 576 583 566 585 593 568 585 591 569 576 585 562 5 5
Nevada 508 507 509 515 498 508 481 496 501 473 494 496 470 491 493 466 47 49
New Hampshire 520 514 520 516 520 524 509 520 524 510 523 525 511 521 525 510 77 75
                                     
New Jersey 498 505 499 513 496 515 496 495 514 497 495 516 497 495 517 499 78 78
New Mexico 554 548 551 542 557 549 543 553 549 534 548 541 529 550 546 529 12 13
New York 497 499 495 505 493 510 483 484 499 478 485 499 476 483 500 475 89 90
North Carolina 490 486 493 499 495 513 485 497 511 477 493 508 474 491 506 472 67 68
North Dakota 596 599 592 599 610 617 588 580 594 559 586 612 561 588 610 568 3 3
                                     
Ohio 536 535 534 539 535 544 521 538 548 522 539 545 522 543 552 525 21 19
Oklahoma 566 557 567 561 576 574 563 569 568 547 571 565 547 568 566 546 6 5
Oregon 523 521 526 526 523 529 503 523 524 499 520 521 499 521 523 498 56 57
Pennsylvania 498 492 500 499 493 500 483 492 501 480 493 501 479 491 501 480 73 74
Rhode Island 501 491 501 499 495 502 490 494 495 488 495 493 489 490 491 485 68 69
                                     
South Carolina 480 474 486 488 487 498 480 484 495 468 482 490 464 481 488 462 70 73
South Dakota 574 566 577 582 590 604 578 592 603 571 584 591 562 589 610 570 4 3
Tennessee 563 552 562 553 573 569 572 576 571 565 575 568 567 576 570 566 10 10
Texas 495 500 493 499 491 506 487 484 505 473 479 502 465 474 499 461 58 62
Utah 583 575 575 570 560 557 550 568 559 547 563 559 545 568 566 548 6 6
                                     
Vermont 506 500 511 506 513 519 502 519 521 506 515 518 505 519 523 505 67 69
Virginia 507 496 510 501 512 513 500 512 512 497 512 509 495 510 512 495 71 72
Washington 519 519 527 527 527 532 511 524 532 508 523 529 508 519 530 503 57 58
West Virginia 526 506 527 512 519 510 515 515 507 500 514 501 497 516 502 497 17 17
Wisconsin 577 586 584 596 588 600 577 595 604 579 590 602 575 594 605 577 5 4
Wyoming 544 544 547 545 548 555 537 570 567 546 572 569 551 567 579 549 5 5
—Not available.
1 Participation rate is based on the projection of high school graduates by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and the number of seniors who took the SAT in each state.
2 Writing data are based on students who took the SAT writing section, which was introduced in March 2005.
3 Beginning with the spring SAT administration in 2011, the SAT tests were administered to all high school juniors attending Delaware public high schools.
4 Beginning with the spring SAT administration in 2006, all Maine high school juniors, including all students in their third year of high school, are required to take SAT tests in critical reading, writing, and mathematics.
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.
SOURCE: College Entrance Examination Board, College-Bound Seniors Tables and Related Items, selected years, 1995-96 through 2011-12, retrieved December 21, 2012, from http://media.collegeboard.com/homeOrg/content/pdf/sat-report-college-career-readiness-2012.pdf. (This table was prepared December 2012.)
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