Average SAT Scores

Summary: Average SAT scores of college-bound seniors and percentage of graduates taking SAT

This database contains average SAT scores for graduating seniors and the percentage of graduates taking the SAT, based on projected graduates by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).  Figures are presented by test score or in percent. Possible scores on each part of the SAT (critical reading, math, and writing) range from 200 to 800.  Graduates taking the SAT are available to one-decimal place only after 2011.


The SAT was formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test In 2005, the SAT introduced a writing section.  Writing scores until 2004 are reported as NA.  The critical reading section was previously known as the verbal section, and verbal scores are reported in the reading category. 

  • Beginning in the spring of 2011, SAT tests were administered to all high school juniors attending Delaware public high schools.
  • Beginning in the the spring of 2006, all Maine high school juniors, including all students in their third year of high school, are required to take SAT test.
  • The 2005-2006 scores for the District of Columbia is based on self-reported 12th-grade enrollment from D.C.'s public and nonpublic schools.
  • Figures for 2009 and earlier years are for seniors who took the SAT any time during their high school years through March of their senior year. Figures from 2010 are for seniors who took the SAT any time during their high school years through June of their senior year.
  • If a student took a test more than once, the most recent score was used.

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Geographic Coverage: U.S., States

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 1994 - 2016

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Updated:  Aug. 15, 2018 Next update: Jun. 15, 2019

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