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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010

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Table 15.1b.

Average SAT scores for the 12th-grade SAT test-taking population, by race/ethnicity and subject: Selected years, 19982008


Subject
and year
Total1 White Black Mexican American Puerto Rican Other Hispanic/ Latino Asian/ Pacific Islander American Indian/ Alaska Native
Critical Reading                
1998 505 526 434 453 452 461 498 480
2000 505 528 434 453 456 461 499 482
2002 504 527 430 446 455 458 501 479
2004 508 528 430 451 457 461 507 483
2006 503 527 434 454 459 458 510 487
2008 502 528 430 454 456 455 513 485
                 
Mathematics                
1998 512 528 426 460 447 466 562 483
2000 514 530 426 460 451 467 565 481
2002 516 533 427 457 451 464 569 483
2004 518 531 427 458 452 465 577 488
2006 518 536 429 465 456 463 578 494
2008 515 537 426 463 453 461 581 491
                 
Writing                
2006 497 519 428 452 448 450 512 474
2007 494 518 425 450 447 450 513 473
2008 494 518 424 447 445 448 516 470
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Data are for seniors who took the SAT any time during high school (through March 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; however, the first aggregate data on the writing section was reported in 2006. Test-takers were asked to self-identify a single racial/ethnic group. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: The College Board, College Bound Seniors, selected years, 1998–2008.
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