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|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||963||486||477|
|Two or more races||1103||560||544|
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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