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SAT Scores and Participation Rate

2007 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% 563 556 554
Alaska 48% 519 517 491
Arizona 32% 519 525 502
Arkansas 5% 578 566 565
California 49% 499 516 498
Colorado 24% 560 565 549
Connecticut 84% 510 512 511
Delaware 72% 497 496 486
District of Columbia 78% 478 462 471
Florida 65% 497 496 479
Georgia 69% 494 495 483
Hawaii 61% 484 506 473
Idaho 19% 541 539 519
Illinois 8% 594 611 588
Indiana 62% 497 507 483
Iowa 4% 608 613 586
Kansas 8% 583 590 569
Kentucky 10% 567 565 553
Louisiana 7% 569 567 563
Maine 100% 466 465 457
Maryland 70% 500 502 496
Massachusetts 85% 513 522 511
Michigan 9% 568 579 553
Minnesota 9% 596 603 577
Mississippi 4% 568 549 560
Missouri 6% 594 594 587
Montana 28% 538 543 522
Nebraska 6% 579 585 562
Nevada 41% 500 506 480
New Hampshire 83% 521 521 512
New Jersey 82% 495 510 494
New Mexico 12% 555 546 540
New York 89% 491 505 482
North Carolina 71% 495 509 482
North Dakota 4% 584 596 562
Ohio 27% 536 542 522
Oklahoma 6% 578 571 559
Oregon 54% 522 526 502
Pennsylvania 75% 493 499 482
Rhode Island 68% 496 498 492
South Carolina 62% 488 496 475
South Dakota 3% 589 602 567
Tennessee 13% 574 569 568
Texas 52% 492 507 482
Utah 6% 558 556 544
Vermont 67% 516 518 508
Virginia 73% 511 511 498
Washington 53% 526 531 510
West Virginia 20% 516 507 505
Wisconsin 6% 587 598 575
Wyoming 8% 565 571 544
United States of America 48% 502 515 494

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

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