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What are the average scores for students taking the SAT?


The SAT (formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test) is an examination administered by the Educational Testing Service and used to predict the facility with which an individual will progress in learning college-level academic subjects.

SAT mean scores of high school seniors taking the SAT, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2021
Sex and race/ethnicity Mean score1
Total SAT score Evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) Math
All students 1060 533 528
Male 1067 530 537
Female 1054 535 519
White 1112 562 550
Black 934 477 457
Hispanic 967 490 477
Asian 1239 597 642
Pacific Islander 950 481 469
American Indian/Alaska Native 927 468 459
Two or more races 1116 565 551
No response 976 483 493

1 Possible scores on each SAT section range from 200 to 800, for a total possible score of 400 to 1600.

NOTE: The SAT was completely redesigned in 2016. The new SAT was first administered in March of 2016. This table reflects 2021 high school graduates who took the new SAT during high school. If a student took the new SAT more than once, the most recent score on each section is used, along with the student's most recent responses to the SAT questionnaire. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2022). Table 226.10. Number, percentage distribution, and SAT mean scores of high school seniors taking the SAT, by sex, race/ethnicity, first language learned, and highest level of parental education: 2017 through 2021 [Data table]. In Digest of education statistics. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2022, from

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