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What are the average scores for students taking the SAT?


The SAT is a college admissions test taken by students in high school. The average SAT score of 2023 high school seniors taking the SAT was 1028 out of 1600.

SAT mean scores of high school seniors taking the SAT, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2023
Sex and race/ethnicity Mean score1
Total SAT score Evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) Math
All students 1028 520 508
Male 1032 517 515
Female 1023 523 500
American Indian/Alaska Native 901 458 443
Asian 1219 593 626
Black 908 466 441
Hispanic 943 482 461
Pacific Islander 925 473 452
White 1082 550 532
Two or more races 1091 556 535
No response 955 478 477

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 2023 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.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2024). 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: Selected years, 2017 through 2023 [Data table]. In Digest of education statistics. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from

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