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Average National SAT Scores for 2011

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You know, over a million of you high-schoolers out there registered for the SAT this past year. And now, I'm betting you'd like to know what kinds of scores your cohorts are getting now that you've taken it, right? Well, good for you for wanting to be informed. Below, you'll read several fun facts (and some shocking ones, too!) about the average national SAT scores for 2011.

For some of you, you'll be interested in knowing the average SAT scores for students entering the top public schools in the country, and others of you will be curious about scores for the top private schools. If you're just interested in SAT scores in general, then keep on reading, okay? Okay.

Overall SAT Scores for 2011

Remember the math term, "mean"? Of course you do! It's just the average of a set of numbers. In this case, the mean is the average score of every student who took the SAT from the fall of 2010 through June of 2011. Here are the mean scores for all testers by section:

SAT Scores By Gender

Well, it looks like the boys have taken it this year in everything but the Writing section, ladies! Better luck next time!

  • Critical Reading:

    Males: 500
    Females: 495
  • Mathematics:

    Males: 531
    Females: 500
  • Writing:

    Males: 482
    Females: 496

SAT Scores By Reported Annual Income

It seems, kids, that if your parents are raking in the dough, then your odds of scoring higher on the SAT go up. Just check out the statistics. Now, be sure to use your best reasoning skills. This doesn't mean that kids with a little more cash are the smartest on the block. What else could those numbers imply? Perhaps parents with more wealth are more willing to purchase SAT prep? Perhaps they are more willing to shell out the moolah for retakes? I don't know. We could conjecture all day on this subject, but the stats do not lie; parents making more money produce kids with higher SAT scores. Look:

  • $0 - $20,000: 1323
  • $20,000 - $40,000: 1398
  • $40,000 - $60,000: 1461
  • $60,000 - $80,000: 1503
  • $80,000 - $100,000: 1545
  • $100,000 - $120,000: 1580
  • $120,000 - $140,000: 1594
  • $140,000 - $160,000: 1619
  • $160,000 - $200,000: 1636
  • $200,000 and more: 1721

SAT Scores By Courses Taken in High School:

I'll admit it. These are some odd statistics. But it is helpful to know which courses in school tend to produce the highest SAT scorers, right? Below, you'll find each section on the SAT, and the average scores of students who have reported ever taking the course.

Critical Reading

Apparently, to score higher on the Critical Reading section, it's more imperative to take Calculus than it is to take an AP English course. Sure, we can't assume causality here – perhaps the smartest kids across the board have taken Calculus – but it never hurts to try, right?

  1. AP/Honors Foreign/Classical Language: 570
  2. Calculus: 566
  3. AP/Honors Arts/Music: 566
  4. AP/Honors Natural Science: 565
  5. AP/Honors Mathematics: 561
  6. AP/Honors Social Science or History: 560
  7. AP/Honors English or Language Arts: 556
  8. Latin: 556
  9. Hebrew: 545
  10. Chinese OR Greek: 540
Mathematics

Sign up for Chinese, kids! Apparently, your SAT Mathematics score will thank you. Check out the mean SAT Math scores for students who have taken Asian foreign languages. Not too shabby!

  1. Chinese: 615
  2. Calculus: 610
  3. Korean: 595
  4. AP/Honors Mathematics: 590
  5. AP/Honors Natural Science: 584
  6. AP/Honors Foreign/Classical Language: 583
  7. AP/Honors Social Science or History: 567
  8. AP/Honors English or Language Arts OR Japanese: 560
  9. Hebrew: 554
  10. European History: 549
Writing

It definitely helps your writing to have taken honors foreign language classes because you understand syntax and mechanics much better when you do. Check out the scores!

  1. AP/Honors Foreign/Classical Language: 568
  2. Calculus: 562
  3. AP/Honors Natural Science: 556
  4. AP/Honors Mathematics: 553
  5. AP/Honors Social Science or History: 549
  6. Hebrew: 547
  7. Chinese: 544
  8. AP/Honors English or Language Arts: 543
  9. Latin: 542
  10. Greek: 533
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