Average SAT Scores By State (US)

Average SAT Scores By State (US)

Many students take the SAT every year. These include students from your state as well as from other states in the US. An interesting way to benchmark your scores is by looking at average SAT scores by state. This gives you an indication of your own performance in the state. Looking at these numbers is also interesting because it tells you about the states with the best SAT scores in the US and other such interesting metrics.

Average SAT scores by state:

State Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Total SAT score
Alabama 545 538 533 1616
Alaska 509 503 482 1494
Arizona 523 527 502 1552
Arkansas 568 569 551 1688
California 495 506 491 1492
Colorado 582 587 567 1736
Connecticut 504 506 504 1514
Delaware 462 461 445 1368
District of Columbia 441 440 432 1313
Florida 486 480 468 1434
Georgia 490 485 475 1450
Hawaii 487 508 477 1472
Idaho 467 463 442 1372
Illinois 599 616 587 1802
Indiana 496 499 478 1473
Iowa 589 600 566 1755
Kansas 588 592 568 1748
Kentucky 588 587 574 1749
Louisiana 563 559 553 1675
Maine 468 473 451 1392
Maryland 491 493 478 1462
Massachusetts 516 529 507 1552
Michigan 594 609 585 1788
Minnesota 595 607 576 1778
Mississippi 580 563 570 1713
Missouri 596 599 582 1777
Montana 561 556 538 1655
Nebraska 589 590 576 1755
Nevada 494 494 470 1458
New Hampshire 525 530 511 1566
New Jersey 500 521 499 1520
New Mexico 551 544 528 1623
New York 489 502 478 1469
North Carolina 498 504 476 1478
North Dakota 597 608 586 1791
Ohio 557 563 537 1657
Oklahoma 576 569 548 1693
Oregon 523 521 502 1546
Pennsylvania 499 504 482 1485
Puerto Rico 463 450 450 1363
Rhode Island 494 494 484 1472
South Carolina 488 487 467 1442
South Dakota 592 597 564 1753
Tennessee 581 574 568 1723
Texas 470 486 454 1410
Utah 579 575 554 1708
Vermont 523 524 507 1554
Virginia 518 516 499 1533
Virgin Islands 414 388 412 1214
Washington 502 510 484 1496
West Virginia 509 497 495 1501
Wisconsin 591 605 575 1771
Wyoming 589 586 562 1737

Forbes had written an article last year highlighting the trend of Midwest states dominating the SAT. The article reasoned that despite the relatively low number of students taking the SAT in this region, the best brains sit for the exam. So arguably, if you are from the Midwest, the competition for a good score will be a lot tougher than from other parts of the US.The mean SAT scores for total group students taking the SAT in 2015 were: Critical Reading – 495, Mathematics – 511, Writing – 484. Illinois is the state with the highest SAT score and is the only one to breach the 1800 mark to stand at 1802. This is well above the national SAT average of 1490. Other states such as North Dakota (1791) and Michigan (1788) are also not far behind Illinois. In fact, North Dakota was last year’s winner with an average score of 1816. However, its numbers have taken a beating this year and fallen by a good 25 points this year.

The dubious distinction of the state with the lowest SAT score goes to the District of Columbia. The state is well below the national average with a SAT score of only 1313.

Use the table above to find out your state and find out how you compare among your peers!

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