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SAT Scores and Participation Rate

2006 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 9% 565 561 565
Alaska 51% 517 517 493
Arizona 32% 521 528 507
Arkansas 5% 574 568 567
California 49% 501 518 501
Colorado 26% 558 564 548
Connecticut 84% 512 516 511
Delaware 73% 495 500 484
District of Columbia 78% 487 472 482
Florida 65% 496 497 480
Georgia 70% 494 496 487
Hawaii 60% 482 509 472
Idaho 19% 543 545 525
Illinois 9% 591 609 586
Indiana 62% 498 509 486
Iowa 4% 602 613 591
Kansas 8% 582 590 566
Kentucky 11% 562 562 555
Louisiana 6% 570 571 571
Maine 73% 501 501 491
Maryland 70% 503 509 499
Massachusetts 85% 513 524 510
Michigan 10% 568 583 555
Minnesota 10% 591 600 574
Mississippi 4% 556 541 562
Missouri 7% 587 591 582
Montana 28% 538 545 524
Nebraska 7% 576 583 566
Nevada 40% 498 508 481
New Hampshire 82% 520 524 509
New Jersey 82% 496 515 496
New Mexico 13% 557 549 543
New York 88% 493 510 483
North Carolina 71% 495 513 485
North Dakota 4% 610 617 588
Ohio 28% 535 544 521
Oklahoma 7% 576 574 563
Oregon 55% 523 529 503
Pennsylvania 74% 493 500 483
Rhode Island 69% 495 502 490
South Carolina 62% 487 498 480
South Dakota 4% 590 604 578
Tennessee 15% 573 569 572
Texas 52% 491 506 487
Utah 7% 560 557 550
Vermont 67% 513 519 502
Virginia 73% 512 513 500
Washington 54% 527 532 511
West Virginia 20% 519 510 515
Wisconsin 6% 588 600 577
Wyoming 10% 548 555 537
United States of America 48% 503 518 497

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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