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SAT Scores and Participation Rate

2009 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% 557 552 549
Alaska 46% 520 516 492
Arizona 26% 516 521 497
Arkansas 5% 572 572 556
California 49% 500 513 498
Colorado 20% 568 575 555
Connecticut 83% 509 513 512
Delaware 71% 495 498 484
District of Columbia 79% 466 451 461
Florida 59% 497 498 480
Georgia 71% 490 491 479
Hawaii 58% 479 502 469
Idaho 18% 541 540 520
Illinois 6% 588 604 583
Indiana 63% 496 507 480
Iowa 3% 610 615 588
Kansas 7% 581 589 564
Kentucky 7% 573 573 561
Louisiana 7% 563 558 555
Maine 90% 468 467 455
Maryland 69% 500 502 495
Massachusetts 84% 514 526 510
Michigan 5% 584 603 575
Minnesota 7% 595 609 578
Mississippi 4% 567 554 559
Missouri 5% 595 600 584
Montana 22% 541 542 519
Nebraska 4% 587 594 572
Nevada 42% 501 505 479
New Hampshire 75% 523 523 510
New Jersey 76% 496 513 496
New Mexico 11% 553 546 534
New York 85% 485 502 478
North Carolina 63% 495 511 480
North Dakota 3% 590 593 566
Ohio 22% 537 546 523
Oklahoma 5% 575 571 557
Oregon 52% 523 525 499
Pennsylvania 71% 493 501 483
Rhode Island 66% 498 496 494
South Carolina 67% 486 496 470
South Dakota 3% 589 600 569
Tennessee 10% 571 565 565
Texas 51% 486 506 475
Utah 6% 559 558 540
Vermont 64% 518 518 506
Virginia 68% 511 512 498
Washington 53% 524 531 507
West Virginia 18% 511 501 499
Wisconsin 5% 594 608 582
Wyoming 5% 567 568 550
United States of America 46% 501 515 493

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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