One of the most frequent questions we get from high school parents and students is "What are good SAT scores?" The truth of the matter is, there's no simple answer to that question. It depends on which colleges a student plans to apply to, how selective those colleges are, and how important standardized test scores are in the admissions process. What are considered good SAT scores for one college could be considered exceptional scores for another.
Are My SAT Scores Good Enough?
The average SAT scores for 2021 high school graduates are 533 for Reading and 528 for Math. However, most colleges release data regarding the average SAT scores for first-year students at their schools, which is one of the best ways for students to determine whether their SAT scores are considered "good enough" for a particular college. Typically, the more selective a college is, the higher its average SAT scores for first-year students will be. Keep in mind though that SAT scores are just one piece of the college admissions puzzle. In most cases, high SAT scores that aren't backed up by other aspects of a student's application (like a strong high school record, extracurricular and volunteer activities, strong application essays and recommendations, etc.) are unlikely to win a student admission to a college. However, when it comes down to it, the higher a student's SAT scores are, the better, as strong SAT scores will give a student more options when applying to colleges.
SAT Scores Comparison Chart
As we mentioned above, one of the best ways to find out if a student has good SAT scores for a college is to compare the student's SAT scores with the average SAT scores for first-year students at that particular school. The comparison chart below shows the SAT scores for the middle 50% of first-year students, the acceptance rate, and the weight given to standardized test scores for a variety of popular colleges and universities. Though a student's goal should be for his or her SAT scores to fall within or above the middle 50% range for a college, remember that 25% of first-year students at that college scored below that range and still gained acceptance to the school. If you don't see the college you're looking for on this list, go to the College Board's College Search site.
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