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What are the average scores for students taking the SAT?


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

SAT mean scores of high school seniors taking the SAT, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2017
Sex and race/ethnicity Mean score1
Total SAT score Evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) Math
All students 1060 533 527
Male 1070 532 538
Female 1050 534 516
White 1118 565 553
Black 941 479 462
Hispanic 990 500 489
Asian 1181 569 612
Pacific Islander 986 498 488
American Indian/Alaska Native 963 486 477
Two or more races 1103 560 544
No response 961 475 485

1Possible 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 2017 high school graduates who took the new SAT during high school. The data in this table include only test-takers from the 2017 graduating class who took the new SAT (93 percent of the cohort). These data do not factor in performance on the old SAT, and they set a new baseline for future year-to-year comparisons. 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: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Digest of Education Statistics, 2017 (NCES 2018-070), Table 226.10.

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