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SAT scores

Question:
What are the average scores for students taking the SAT?

Response:

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: 2018
Sex and race/ethnicity Mean score1
Total SAT score Evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) Math
All students 1068 536 531
Sex      
Male 1076 534 542
Female 1061 539 522
Race/ethnicity      
White 1123 566 557
Black 946 483 463
Hispanic 990 501 489
Asian 1223 588 635
Pacific Islander 986 498 489
American Indian/Alaska Native 949 480 469
Two or more races 1101 558 543
No response 954 472 481

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 2018 high school graduates who took the new SAT during high school. The data in this table include only test takers from the 2018 graduating class who took the new SAT. These data do not factor in performance on the old SAT, and the data for 2017 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, 2018 (NCES 2020-009), Table 226.10.

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