Average SAT scores for top universities
Average SAT scores distribution, percentile, old-to-new SAT score conversion table
SAT is a well-known test, in the United States, for students in their grades 11 and 12. It is one of the two widely accepted, ACT being the other, standardized tests that help colleges, teachers, parents, and students alike, to check their college readiness.
Given the vastness of various means and resources afforded at different parts of the country, let alone the possibilities of international undergraduate applicants, the SAT test helps to verify how equipped the students are at following the path of advanced higher education, in a university system.
The main SAT exam tests for Math and reading/writing comprehension in the Evidence Based Reading Writing (EBRW/ERW). Up until 2016, SAT followed an old pattern which was disregarded for the new, more relevant to the level of high-school education normally imparted. The new SAT is also claimed to be closer to its competitor, the ACT exam.
Currently, SAT statistics show that as many as over 1.7 million test-takers appear for the exam, annually. Universities use their scores along with a medley of other parameters like the GPA, class rank, extra-curricular activities, and more, in a consolidated holistic admission process. However, given its standardized nature, it seems quite obvious that the SAT/ACT scores do play a mighty important role, nevertheless.
In this article, we will talk about the Average SAT Score, as obtained from the undergraduate admission statistics (2017) of some of the top universities in USA. The university list has been borrowed from the QS World University Rankings. We will also take a quick look at the average SAT performance among the various test-takers in recent years, after the SAT changes.
Average SAT Scores for Undergraduate Admission at Top Universities
|University||Average SAT Scores (25th to 75th Percentiles)|
|Harvard University||SAT: 1470-1570|
|Caltech||Average SAT 1560|
|University of Chicago||SAT: 1480-1580|
|Columbia University||SAT Middle 50%: 1450-1580|
|University of Pennsylvania||
|University of Michigan||SAT Middle 50%: 1380-1540
|Johns Hopkins University||SAT: 1480-1560|
|University of California at Berkeley||SAT: 1290-1480
|University of California of Los Angeles||
|Northwestern University||SAT 50%: 1440-1540|
|University of California San Diego||
|New York University||SAT Middle: 1340 – 1520|
|Carnegie Mellon University||
|University of Wisconsin at Madison||SAT: 1280-1450|
SAT Score Distribution
Based on a report published by College Board, for performance highlights on the 2017 SAT Exams, more than 1.8 million students took the old or the new version of SAT.
1.7 million, among them, took the new SAT. 46% of students exceeded the expectations of College Readiness. The mean new SAT score, at the 50th percentile was 1060.
Here is a distribution of the various scores, based on the performance of these 2017 test-takers.
SAT Scores Percentiles
SAT Scores Old to New Conversion Table
The current SAT pattern and scoring has only come about as recent as 2016. Given that a SAT score is valid for 5 years and students with SAT scores from prior to 2016 may still have valid scores, albeit in the old format out of 2400, College Board has come up with Concordance Tables for a quick and easy comparison. These old-to-new SAT convertion tables provide both students and educators a clean way of interpreting the relationship between the two. A way of making assessments, on a perfectly level baseline, between performances scored on the two different systems.
The tables below show a section wise comparison – Old SAT Math and Reading & Writing Mapped to the New SAT Math and EBRW.
|Old SAT Math Section (200-800)||New SAT Math Section||Old SAT Writing plus Critical Reading Sections (400-1000)||New SAT EBRW Section||Old SAT Writing plus Critical Reading Sections (1010-1600)||New SAT EBRW Section|
That concludes the discussion on SAT scores – What do the top universities expect? What is the distribution, including the average SAT score, among all the test-takers? And finally, how will you be able to map the old SAT to the new SAT scores.
Good Luck with your venture into college readiness.