2015 SAT Scores By State

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Approximately 1.7 million students took the SAT in 2015 and the test scores varied greatly according to things like gender, ethnicity and even household income. (If you want to see that report, you can check it out here.) It's interesting, however, to see how students fared on the SAT according to their home state. The data below represents how students fared on the exam in your neck of the woods.

 

SAT Score Note

Currently, the Redesigned SAT uses a scale with a high of 1600. There are two chief areas that receive a score out of 800: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Those two scores are added to get the total. 

Please keep in mind that the scores reported in 2015 (those below) are based on the former SAT scoring scale, which had an absolute maximum of 2400. The former test added the Writing, Mathematics and Critical Reading sections, which had maximum scores of 800, to achieve a total score out of 2400. The national average in 2015 was a 1497, so as you can see, many states outperformed the average by significant numbers.

  • Overall: 1497
  • Critical Reading: 495
  • Mathematics: 511
  • Writing: 484

2015 SAT Scores By State

StateAverage SAT Score Out of 2400Critial Reading ScoreMathematics ScoreWriting Score
Alabama1616545538533
Alaska1494509503482
Arizona1552523527502
Arkansas1688568569551
California1492495506491
Colorado1736582587567
Connecticut1514504506504
Delaware1368462461445
District of Columbia1313441440432
Florida1434486480468
Georgia1450490485475
Hawaii1472487508477
Idaho1372467463442
Illinois1802599616587
Indiana1473496499478
Iowa1755589600566
Kansas1748588592568
Kentucky1749588587574
Louisiana1675563559563
Maine1392468473451
Maryland1462491493478
Massachusetts1552516529507
Michigan1788594609585
Minnesota1778595607576
Mississippi1713580563570
Missouri1777596599582
Montana1655561556538
Nebraska1755589590576
Nevada1458494494470
New Hampshire1566525530511
New Jersey1520500521499
New Mexico1623551544528
New York1469489502478
North Carolina1478498504476
North Dakota1791597608586
Ohio1657557563537
Oklahoma1693576569548
Oregon1546523521502
Pennsylvania1485499504482
Rhode Island1472494494484
South Carolina1442488487467
South Dakota1753592597564
Tennessee1723581574568
Texas1410470486454
Utah1708579575554
Vermont1554523524507
Virginia1533518516499
Washington1496502510484
West Virginia1501509497495
Wisconsin1771591605575
Wyoming1737589586562
     

 

Should You Take the SAT? 

If your SAT scores were significantly lower than those reported by your fellow test-takers, perhaps it would have been better for you take the ACT exam. Although they are both college admissions tests, they differ greatly in both the content, and strategies you should use while studying and taking the tests.

Here's a simple, ten-question quiz to help you determine whether or not you may fare better on one or the other. 

How to Prepare for the SAT

So, you took the quiz and realize that you did, indeed, take the correct college admissions exam. The bad news? You did not adequately prepare for this bad boy, so you did not get the SAT scores that you were really hoping to achieve. Well, here is some good news for you. A little bit of prep work goes a very long way when it comes to SAT prep, and you can choose a variety of ways to get ready. Here are a few of the best ways to get studying so that next time around, you do not get a bad SAT score.

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