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Average SAT Scores Over Time: 1972 - 2018

Posted by Anna Aldric | Nov 4, 2018 9:00:00 PM

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SAT scores for the past few years have shown a marked decline, particularly since 2006, which can be attributed to various causes. In this article, we provide you with some charts showing the average SAT trends from 1972 to 2018 as well as the variation in SAT scores by ethnicity.

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What's the Highest Possible SAT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 1, 2018 11:00:00 PM

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Curious about what perfection looks like on the SAT, or about how many people get perfect scores every year? In this post, we'll show you what the highest possible score on the SAT is and how many raw points you need to rack up in each section to earn that score.

We'll also include tips and links to other more detailed articles for those aiming for that rare—but not impossible!—maximum SAT score.

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Historical SAT Percentiles: New SAT 2016, 2017, and 2018

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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If you took the new SAT in 2016, 2017, or 2018, you might be wondering what percentile your score is in. Is a 700 on Math in 2016 the same as a 700 in Math in 2018? How much do percentile scores change from year to year?

In this article, I'll explain what new SAT percentile scores are and how they've changed over time. I'll also provide percentiles for SAT combined and section scores for 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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Average SAT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Allen Cheng | Nov 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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More than a million students across the country take the SAT each year. So what do SAT scores by state look like? How do you stack up against other test takers in your state? Finally, what are some  interesting state facts—for example, which state has the highest SAT score? The lowest SAT score? The highest rate of participation? 

It's the battle of the states, SAT edition. Find out your state's average SAT scores and other fun facts in this article!

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What Is the Average SAT Score?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Nov 1, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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If you've taken the SAT, you're probably curious about how your score stacks up against average SAT scores. There are lots of different ways to look at averages on the SAT. What is the average SAT score overall? How many types of average SAT scores are there? And which averages are important for you?

We'll answer all of these questions and more to tell you which SAT average scores actually matter for your future.

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SAT Standard Deviation: What Does It Mean for You?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Sep 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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If you've ever glanced through any of the year-end College Board data reports, you may have seen information about the SAT standard deviation. Unfortunately, the reports just list the numbers and then move on, without explaining at all what these numbers mean.

So how is info about the SAT mean and standard deviation useful to you? In this article, we’ll explain what the term standard deviation refers to and what it means for you and your SAT score.

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Which States Require the SAT? Complete List

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 10, 2018 9:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, New SAT

 

The College Board offers a program called SAT School Day, which, as the name suggests, allows schools to offer the SAT to students during the week, generally for free.

In some states, all high school juniors are required to take the SAT under this program, while in others only some are. Read on to learn more about this program and what it means for you.

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Was There Cheating on the August 2018 SAT?

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 6, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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Shortly after the conclusion of the August 2018 SAT, rumors started to circulate that there was a problem with the test that gave some students an unfair advantage.

The basic gist of the complaint is that the test given on August 25 in the United States was actually the same exact exam that had been given internationally in October 2017.

This accusation raised the concern that some students would have had a leg up on others, since they may have seen the questions before, either because they took the exam when it was offered internationally or because they used the previous exam’s questions to study for the August 2018 test.

Let’s take a look at what really happened with the August 2018 SAT and what that means for you as a test-taker.

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Do You Need SAT Scores to Transfer Colleges?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 5, 2018 6:30:00 PM

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Determining all the different requirements for transferring colleges can be a huge hassle. One of the most common questions students have is whether they need to submit SAT scores to apply as transfer students.

There’s no single answer to this question, but this guide will explain some common policies about SAT scores for transfer applicants, how to determine whether you need to submit SAT scores, and how much attention schools pay to these scores when they also have your grades from another college.

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Complete Guide: Colleges Not Requiring SAT Scores

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 1, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, College Admissions

Not all admissions processes are created equal. One major point of difference among colleges these days is how admissions officers consider your SAT scores. More and more schools are de-emphasizing SAT scores as part of your application with test-optional and test-flexible policies. One college has even eliminated SAT scores completely!

There are now more than 1,000 accredited, bachelor-degree granting institutions that have changed their approaches to standardized test scores. Keep in mind that the majority of colleges, especially the more prestigious schools, do still require (and strongly consider) SAT scores.

Let’s take a look at the different score policies and the schools that no longer require applicants to submit their SAT scores for admission.

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When Is the June SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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As some people are preparing for summer, others are preparing for the SAT. If you’re a junior thinking of taking the SAT before senior year, the June SAT can give you a chance to raise your scores and get a head start on the college application process.

In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the June SAT, including when it is, when its registration deadlines are, and when scores are expected to come out. We’ll also give you a detailed list of the pros and cons of the June SAT to help you decide whether this test date is ultimately right for you.

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SAT International Test Dates Guide (2018 and 2019)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 23, 2018 5:00:00 PM

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Here we look at international SAT test dates for the the 2018–2019 year. The test months haven't changed since last year, but the dates have! We've recorded what we've learned in this article.

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What Are the Score Choice Policies at Ivy Leagues?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info, College Admissions

 

Many students assume colleges will see every score they’ve earned on the SAT and ACT when they apply.

However, while some top-tier schools do require your full testing histories, many don’t. Some even allow score choice for the SAT, which allows you to send only the scores you want them to see, or they allow you to pick your best ACT test date.

If you’re aiming for a top-tier school like an Ivy League, Stanford, or MIT, read this guide to learn how they evaluate standardized tests to help you best prepare.

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What Do SAT Scores Measure? IQ? Income?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 16, 2018 7:30:00 PM

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Everyone knows that scores on the SAT can make or break your college admissions chances, but can they measure your innate cognitive abilities? What do they really say about your potential?

In this article, I’ll tell you what SAT scores can and can’t measure and provide advice about when you might use them to estimate your own capabilities.

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SAT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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What’s the best possible SAT score and worst possible SAT score you could get? How do you understand SAT scores if you’re used to letter grades like A- or B+, or test scores like 93%? In this guide, we convert SAT scores into much more understandable class grades to help you interpret your SAT score.

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