What’s a good score on the SAT?

Published Saturday, December 4, 2021 by Nicolette

This is a good, and a very common, question! Our answer is simple: Whatever score gets you into the college you want.

It may seem cliché, but it’s the best answer we can give for such a question. The SAT is not a measure of your worth or intelligence. It’s just one part of the complicated decision process admissions officers use to figure out whether or not you’re a good fit for their school. The score you need to get into a particular school may be completely different from the score your friend needs. And, unless you are best friends with the head of admissions, there’s no way to know exactly what that score would be.

A low SAT score can be mitigated by stellar grades or other circumstances, but one thing is for certain: a high SAT score can only help. Select a target range on the SAT (preferably 1500+), pay attention in your prep classes, and practice regularly with Exam Club to ensure you score as high as you possibly can.

Below is a table of the average SAT scores of applicants for the top 25 colleges as ranked by US News. This information was taken from College Board’s College Search and Compare Colleges. Explore the links to learn more about the colleges you’re interested in.

University of Texas – Austin 1350+ 31 
Harvard University 1550+ 35
Yale University 1520+ 34
University of Chicago 1520+ 34
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1540+ 35
Vanderbilt University 1530+ 34
Columbia University 1500+ 34
Princeton University 1550+ 35
Stanford University 1540+ 35
Rice University 1510+ 34
Johns Hopkins University 1530+ 34
University of Pennsylvania 1500+ 34
Duke University 1530+ 34
Brown University 1500+ 34
Dartmouth College 1500+ 34
Carnegie Mellon University 1500+ 34
Emory University 1430+ 33
New York University 1430+ 32
Cornell University 1480+ 33
Georgetown 1470+ 33
University of Notre Dame 1490+ 33
University of Southern California 1450+ 33
University of Virginia 1420+ 33
San Jose State University 1170+ 26
Northwestern University 1530+ 34
University of Washington Seattle 1370+ 30


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