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SAT Scores and Participation Rate

2008 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 8% 565 557 554
Alaska 45% 520 520 493
Arizona 26% 516 522 500
Arkansas 5% 575 567 559
California 48% 499 515 498
Colorado 21% 564 570 553
Connecticut 83% 509 513 513
Delaware 70% 499 498 490
District of Columbia 84% 470 455 465
Florida 54% 496 497 481
Georgia 70% 491 493 482
Hawaii 58% 481 502 470
Idaho 18% 540 540 517
Illinois 7% 583 601 578
Indiana 62% 496 508 481
Iowa 3% 603 612 582
Kansas 7% 580 589 564
Kentucky 8% 568 570 554
Louisiana 7% 566 564 558
Maine 87% 469 466 461
Maryland 69% 499 502 497
Massachusetts 83% 514 525 513
Michigan 6% 581 598 572
Minnesota 8% 596 609 579
Mississippi 3% 574 556 566
Missouri 5% 594 597 584
Montana 24% 541 548 523
Nebraska 5% 581 585 567
Nevada 40% 498 506 478
New Hampshire 74% 521 523 511
New Jersey 76% 495 513 496
New Mexico 12% 557 548 540
New York 84% 488 504 481
North Carolina 63% 496 511 482
North Dakota 3% 594 604 568
Ohio 24% 534 544 521
Oklahoma 6% 572 572 557
Oregon 53% 523 527 502
Pennsylvania 71% 494 501 483
Rhode Island 66% 495 498 493
South Carolina 61% 488 497 476
South Dakota 3% 595 596 575
Tennessee 11% 571 570 566
Texas 50% 488 505 480
Utah 6% 561 557 543
Vermont 64% 519 523 507
Virginia 68% 511 512 499
Washington 52% 526 533 509
West Virginia 19% 512 501 498
Wisconsin 5% 587 604 577
Wyoming 6% 562 574 541
United States of America 45% 502 515 494

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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