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What Does the SAT Measure?
The SAT measures the skills and knowledge that research shows are the most important for success in college and career. It includes the following sections.
Average SAT Scores
Below are the average SAT scores from 2010 to 2016. One can observe that the scores have gone down a bit. This creates an opportunity for the student who wants to study and score high on the SAT.
A student’s percentile rank represents the percentage of students whose score is equal to or lower than their score. For example, if a student’s score is in the 75th percentile, 75% of a comparison group achieved scores at or below that student’s score.
Nationally Representative Sample Percentiles are derived from a research study of U.S. students in grades 11 and 12 and are weighted to represent all U.S. students in those grades, regardless of whether they typically take the SAT.
SAT User Percentiles are based on the actual scores of students in the graduating class of 2017 who took the new SAT (first offered in March 2016).
What's a Good Score?
We recommend our students to at least strive to get over 1500! That puts them in the 99 percentile rank. A 1450 puts you in the 98th percentile. A 1400 puts you in the 95th percentile. A 1400 is roughly equivalent to a score of 30 on the ACT. We think that you must get a 1400 to be competitive.
The key challenge facing today's students is the inflation of the GPA. Almost 50% of students are now getting A grades! It is hard for colleges to differentiate, so SAT (and ACT) scores are even more important today. That is why we ask our students to strive for a 1500 on the SAT.
The SAT scores do matter.
We believe every student should strive to get the best possible scores on the SAT. We strongly believe that the Smart Scoring System can help them achieve it. We cannot, of course, guarantee a score, but students using the Smart Scoring System take control of their learning abilities and score the best possible on the SAT.
We offer bootcamps and classes for the SAT. See below a link to our classes and bootcamps.