SAT Score Distribution

Published Tuesday, December 28, 2010 by Katie

The SAT is widely used by colleges as a way to compare students’ academic aptitude. As a result, SAT takers nationwide seek higher scores both to prove their capabilities to college admissions boards and to out-compete their fellow test-takers. But how well does everyone else perform on the SAT? This past year, the CollegeBoard published the SAT percentile ranks for the 2010 college-bound seniors. Since these percentile distributions generally stay the same from year to year, the 2011 seniors and 2012 seniors will likely have similar score distributions. Below is a table showing this percentile rank distribution, which reports what percentage of 2010 college-bound seniors scored lower than a student who achieved a particular score.

Score    Critical Reading      Mathematics   Writing
800 99 99 99+
790 99 99 99
780 99 99 99
770 99 98 99
760 99 98 99
750 98 97 98
740 98 97 98
730 97 96 98
720 97 95 97
710 96 94 96
700 95 93 96
690 94 92 95
680 93 90 94
670 92 89 93
660 91 87 92
650 89 85 90
640 88 84 89
630 86 82 87
620 84 80 86
610 82 77 84
600 80 75 82
590 77 72 79
580 75 70 77
570 72 66 75
560 69 64 72
550 66 61 69
540 63 58 66
530 59 54 63
520 56 51 60
510 53 48 57
500 50 45 53
490 46 41 50
480 42 38 46
470 39 35 43
460 35 31 39
450 32 28 36
440 29 26 32
430 26 23 29
420 23 20 25
410 20 17 22
400 17 15 19
390 15 13 17
380 13 11 14
370 11 9 12
360 9 8 10
350 8 6 9
340 6 5 7
330 5 4 5
320 4 4 4
310 3 3 4
300 3 2 3
290 2 2 2
280 2 1 2
270 2 1 1
260 1 1 1
250 1 1 1
240 1 1 1
230 1 1 1
220 1 1- 1-
210 1 1- 1-
200
Mean 501 516 492
Standard Deviation      112 116 111

The above information was obtained from the CollegeBoard website.
Citation: “SAT Percentile Ranks, 2010 College-Bound Seniors.” CollegeBoard. N.p., 2010. Web. 28 Dec. 2010. <http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/
    sat-percentile-ranks-2010.pdf>. 


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