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

State Average SAT Score Out of 2400 Critial Reading Score Mathematics Score Writing Score
Alabama 1616 545 538 533
Alaska 1494 509 503 482
Arizona 1552 523 527 502
Arkansas 1688 568 569 551
California 1492 495 506 491
Colorado 1736 582 587 567
Connecticut 1514 504 506 504
Delaware 1368 462 461 445
District of Columbia 1313 441 440 432
Florida 1434 486 480 468
Georgia 1450 490 485 475
Hawaii 1472 487 508 477
Idaho 1372 467 463 442
Illinois 1802 599 616 587
Indiana 1473 496 499 478
Iowa 1755 589 600 566
Kansas 1748 588 592 568
Kentucky 1749 588 587 574
Louisiana 1675 563 559 563
Maine 1392 468 473 451
Maryland 1462 491 493 478
Massachusetts 1552 516 529 507
Michigan 1788 594 609 585
Minnesota 1778 595 607 576
Mississippi 1713 580 563 570
Missouri 1777 596 599 582
Montana 1655 561 556 538
Nebraska 1755 589 590 576
Nevada 1458 494 494 470
New Hampshire 1566 525 530 511
New Jersey 1520 500 521 499
New Mexico 1623 551 544 528
New York 1469 489 502 478
North Carolina 1478 498 504 476
North Dakota 1791 597 608 586
Ohio 1657 557 563 537
Oklahoma 1693 576 569 548
Oregon 1546 523 521 502
Pennsylvania 1485 499 504 482
Rhode Island 1472 494 494 484
South Carolina 1442 488 487 467
South Dakota 1753 592 597 564
Tennessee 1723 581 574 568
Texas 1410 470 486 454
Utah 1708 579 575 554
Vermont 1554 523 524 507
Virginia 1533 518 516 499
Washington 1496 502 510 484
West Virginia 1501 509 497 495
Wisconsin 1771 591 605 575
Wyoming 1737 589 586 562

 

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.