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SAT Scores and Participation Rate

2010 SAT Participation Rates and Mean Scores

These are the participation rates of high school graduates and mean scores for all 50 states and the country as a whole.

The College Board cautions against comparing states:

Media and others often rank states, districts and schools on the basis of SAT scores despite repeated warnings that such rankings are invalid. The SAT is a strong indicator of trends in the college-bound population, but it should never be used alone for such comparisons because demographics and other nonschool factors can have a strong effect on scores. If ranked, schools and states that encourage students to apply to college may be penalized because scores tend to decline with a rise in percentage of test-takers.

State Participation
Rate
Mean Critical
Reading Score
Mean
Math Score
Mean
Writing Score
Alabama 7% 556 550 544
Alaska 48% 518 515 491
Arizona 25% 519 525 500
Arkansas 4% 566 566 552
California 50% 501 516 500
Colorado 18% 568 572 555
Connecticut 84% 509 514 513
Delaware 71% 493 495 481
District of Columbia 76% 474 464 466
Florida 59% 496 498 479
Georgia 74% 488 490 475
Hawaii 58% 483 505 470
Idaho 19% 543 541 517
Illinois 6% 585 600 577
Indiana 64% 494 505 477
Iowa 3% 603 613 582
Kansas 6% 590 595 567
Kentucky 6% 575 575 563
Louisiana 7% 555 550 547
Maine 92% 468 467 454
Maryland 70% 501 506 495
Massachusetts 86% 512 526 509
Michigan 5% 585 605 576
Minnesota 7% 594 607 580
Mississippi 3% 566 548 552
Missouri 4% 593 595 580
Montana 24% 538 538 517
Nebraska 4% 585 593 568
Nevada 43% 496 501 473
New Hampshire 77% 520 524 510
New Jersey 76% 495 514 497
New Mexico 11% 553 549 534
New York 85% 484 499 478
North Carolina 63% 497 511 477
North Dakota 4% 580 594 559
Ohio 21% 538 548 522
Oklahoma 5% 569 568 547
Oregon 54% 523 524 499
Pennsylvania 71% 492 501 480
Rhode Island 67% 494 495 488
South Carolina 66% 484 495 468
South Dakota 3% 592 603 571
Tennessee 10% 576 571 565
Texas 53% 484 505 473
Utah 6% 568 559 547
Vermont 66% 519 521 506
Virginia 67% 512 512 497
Washington 54% 524 532 508
West Virginia 16% 515 507 500
Wisconsin 4% 595 604 579
Wyoming 5% 570 567 546
United States of America 47% 501 516 492

View this data for: 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 

Source of Data: College Board - Research  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research

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