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Table E-24-2.  Average SAT scores for students who took the SAT during high school, by subject, sex, and race/ethnicity: Selected years, 2008–11

Sex and race/ethnicity   Critical reading   Mathematics   Writing
  2008 2009 2010 2011   2008 2009 2010 2011   2008 2009 2010 2011
Total1   502 501 501 497   515 515 516 514   494 493 492 489
Sex                              
Male   504 503 503 500   533 534 534 531   488 486 486 482
Female   500 498 498 495   500 499 500 500   501 499 498 496
                               
Race/ethnicity                              
White   528 528 528 528   537 536 536 535   518 517 516 516
Black   430 429 429 428   426 426 428 427   424 421 420 417
Hispanic   455 454 454 451   461 461 463 463   447 447 447 444
Mexican or Mexican American   454 453 454 451   463 463 467 466   447 446 448 445
Puerto Rican   456 452 454 452   453 450 452 452   445 443 443 442
Other Hispanic   455 455 454 451   461 461 462 462   448 448 447 444
Asian/Pacific Islander   513 516 519 517   581 587 591 595   516 520 526 528
American Indian/Alaska Native   485 486 485 484   491 493 492 488   470 469 467 465
                               
Race/ethnicity by sex                              
Male                              
White   530 530 530 531   555 555 555 552   510 509 508 507
Black   425 426 426 425   434 435 436 435   412 410 408 405
Hispanic   459 459 459 456   481 481 483 481   444 443 443 439
Mexican or Mexican American   456 457 459 455   482 482 486 484   443 442 444 440
Puerto Rican   459 453 456 454   470 467 468 467   439 436 437 435
Other Hispanic   461 461 460 457   482 483 484 482   445 446 444 440
Asian/Pacific Islander   513 516 520 518   596 602 605 608   510 514 520 521
American Indian/Alaska Native   487 491 487 486   509 513 508 505   463 465 459 456
                               
Female                              
White   526 526 526 526   521 520 519 520   526 524 523 524
Black   433 431 432 430   420 420 422 422   433 429 428 426
Hispanic   452 450 450 447   446 445 447 449   450 449 450 448
Mexican or Mexican American   452 450 451 448   448 447 451 452   451 449 451 449
Puerto Rican   454 450 452 450   440 437 438 439   450 448 448 448
Other Hispanic   451 450 449 446   445 445 446 448   450 449 449 447
Asian/Pacific Islander   513 515 519 517   567 572 577 583   523 527 532 534
American Indian/Alaska Native   483 482 484 482   475 476 479 473   477 473 474 472
1Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately in the table.
NOTE: Data are for seniors who took the SAT anytime during high school (through March of their senior year). If a student took a test more than once, the most recent score was used. Possible scores on each part of the SAT range from 200 to 800. Test-takers were asked to self-identify a single racial/ethnic group, which included Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Other Hispanic; however, for the purpose of this report these groups have been combined into Hispanic using a weighted average. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: The College Board, College Bound Seniors, 2008–2011.
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