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284. Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and Reasoning Test (SAT I) Scores and Characteristics of College-Bound Seniors

[For school year ending in year shown. Data are for the SAT I: Reasoning Tests. SAT I: Reasoning Test replaced the SAT in March 1994. Scores between the two tests have been equated to the same 200-800 scale and are thus comparable. Scores for 1995 and prior years have been recentered and revised]

 
Type of test and
Characteristic Unit 1967 1970 1975 1980 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
 
AVERAGE TEST SCORES 1
 
  Verbal, total 2 Point 543 537 512 502 509 509 507 505 504 500 499 500 500 499 504 505 505 505 505
Male Point 540 536 515 506 514 515 512 512 510 505 503 504 504 501 505 507 507 509 509
Female Point 545 538 509 498 503 504 502 499 498 496 495 496 497 497 502 503 503 502 502
  Math, total 2 Point 516 512 498 492 500 500 501 501 502 501 500 501 503 504 506 508 511 512 511
Male Point 535 531 518 515 522 523 523 521 523 521 520 521 524 523 525 527 530 531 531
Female Point 495 493 479 473 480 479 481 483 482 483 482 484 484 487 490 492 494 496 495
 
PARTICIPANTS
 
    Total 3 1,000 (NA) (NA) 996 922 977 1,001 1,080 1,134 1,088 1,026 1,033 1,034 1,044 1,050 1,068 1,085 1,127 1,173 1,229
Male Percent (NA) (NA) 49.9 48.2 48.3 48.1 48.2 48.0 47.9 47.8 47.8 47.6 47.4 46.9 46.4 46.5 46.1 46.2 46.1
White Percent (NA) (NA) 86.0 82.1 81.0 (NA) 78.2 77.0 74.7 73.0 72.0 71.5 70.4 69.4 69.2 68.7 68.0 67.0 66.9
Black Percent (NA) (NA) 7.9 9.1 7.5 (NA) 8.7 9.2 9.6 10.0 10.5 10.4 10.8 10.8 10.7 10.8 10.8 11.0 11.1
 
Obtaining scores 1 of--
  600 or above:
    Verbal Percent (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) 21.9 21.9 21.7 20.3 20.2 20.5 20.9 21.1 21.9 21.1 20.9 21.0 21.2
    Math Percent (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) 20.4 19.6 19.9 20.4 19.7 20.0 20.7 22.0 23.4 22.7 23.4 23.7 23.7
  Below 400:
    Verbal Percent (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) 15.3 15.7 16.5 17.3 17.7 17.8 17.7 21.0 16.4 15.9 16.1 16.1 16.1
    Math Percent (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) 15.7 15.4 15.4 15.8 16.5 15.7 15.7 15.5 16.0 16.0 15.2 15.3 15.7
 
Selected intended area of study:
  Business and commerce Percent (NA) (NA) 11.5 18.6 21.0 (NA) 23.1 23.1 22.3 20.9 18.9 16.8 15.0 13.8 13.3 12.8 12.8 13.6 13.8
  Engineering Percent (NA) (NA) 6.7 11.1 11.7 (NA) 11.1 10.2 10.1 10.2 10.4 10.5 10.2 9.4 8.8 8.5 8.4 8.6 8.5
  Social science Percent (NA) (NA) 7.7 7.8 7.5 (NA) 10.9 11.8 12.6 12.6 12.4 12.1 12.2 12.1 11.6 11.3 11.0 10.5 10.5
  Education Percent (NA) (NA) 9.1 6.1 4.7 (NA) 6.0 6.7 7.1 7.5 7.9 8.1 8.0 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.6 8.9 8.9
SAT average 1 by high school rank:
  Top tenth
    Verbal Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 585 590 588 591 589 588 586 585 585 586 585 591 591 589 590 590
    Math Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 581 589 591 595 595 596 596 595 596 597 597 604 606 606 607 607
  Second tenth
    Verbal Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 524 533 532 532 530 530 526 525 525 525 523 528 530 529 530 530
    Math Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 518 530 529 532 532 533 533 532 532 534 534 537 539 541 543 541
  Second fifth
    Verbal Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 491 500 498 495 495 493 490 488 490 490 488 492 494 494 494 494
    Math Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 481 492 489 489 491 491 491 490 492 493 494 494 496 498 500 499
  Third fifth
    Verbal Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 449 460 460 458 457 454 450 450 451 451 450 453 455 455 454 455
    Math Point (NA) (NA) (NA) 433 443 442 443 445 445 444 444 445 446 448 447 448 451 453 452



NA Not available. 1 Minimum score 200; maximum score, 800.
2 1967 and 1970 are estimates based on total number of persons taking SAT.
3 996 represents 996,000.

Source: College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, NJ, National College-Bound Senior, annual (copyright).

http://www.collegeboard.org/



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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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