Average National SAT Scores for 2013

Here's how your cohorts performed in several categories nationally

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More than a million high school students registered for the SAT for 2013. If you'd like to know how your cohorts did, here are some results from the national SAT scores for 2013.

Overall SAT Scores for 2013

These are the mean, or average, scores of all students who took the SAT from the fall of 2012 through June 2013, by section (they are identical to the the scores from the year before): 

Here are the mean scores for all testers by section:

SAT Scores by Gender

Here are the year's scores separated by gender:

  • Critical Reading:
    Males: 499
    Females: 494
  • Mathematics:
    Males: 531
    Females: 499
  • Writing:
    Males: 482
    Females: 493

SAT Scores by Reported Annual Income

The results indicate consistently that students from wealthier families score higher on the SAT than kids from families with lower incomes. This doesn't mean that higher incomes produce smarter kids. Parents with more wealth might be more willing to purchase SAT prep or retakes of the test. Here are the results:

  • $0 - $20,000: 1326
  • $20,000 - $40,000: 1402
  • $40,000 - $60,000: 1461
  • $60,000 - $80,000: 1497
  • $80,000 - $100,000: 1535
  • $100,000 - $120,000: 1569
  • $120,000 - $140,000: 1581
  • $140,000 - $160,000: 1604
  • $160,000 - $200,000: 1625
  • $200,000 and more: 1714

SAT Scores by Ethnicity

There is no causal relationship between ethnicity and scores, but there are different results based on ethnicity:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 1427
  • Asian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander: 1645
  • Black or African-American: 1278
  • Mexican or Mexican-American: 1355
  • Puerto Rican: 1354
  • Other Hispanic, Latino, or Latin-American: 1354
  • White: 1576
  • Other: 1501
  • No response: 1409

To spot trends, you may compare all the above data to the 2012 SAT results

Other SAT Score Categories

There are other categories of mean SAT scores, including the average SAT scores for students entering the top public schools and the scores for the top private schools

2013 SAT Scores Summary

These statistics represent the mean, but not the individual. Having nothing in common with the groups scoring the highest on the SAT doesn't mean that you can't secure a top-notch score. If you haven't taken the SAT or are planning to retake it, there are free SAT practice quizzes and free SAT apps you can use to help prepare yourself. Another authority suggests these additional ways of getting ready:

  • Know the test structure.
  • Write practice essays.
  • Ensure that you have a calculator and spare batteries.
  • Know when to guess on a question and when to skip it entirely.
  • Get a good night's sleep.