Scholastic Aptitude Test score averages, by state

In Math, in 1975, only fifteen states scored lower than California, but by 1993, twenty states did.

In SAT Verbal, in 1975, 12 states scored lower than California, but in 1993, only 7 states did.


Table 132.--Scholastic Aptitude Test score averages, by state:
            1974-75 to 1992-93  
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                      |   1974-75    |   1980-81    |   1985-86    |   1988-89    |   1990-91     |   1991-92    |   1992-93    |Percent of
                      |______________|______________|______________|______________|_______________|______________|______________|graduates
        State         |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal |Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |taking SAT,
                      |      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|       |matical|      |matical|      |matical|1992-93 /1
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          1           |  2   |   3   |  4   |   5   |  6   |   7   |  8   |   9   |  10   |  11   |  12  |  13   |  14  |  15   |    16
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    United States ....|  434 |   472 |  424 |   466 |  431 |   475 |  427 |   476 |   422 |   474 |  423 |   476 |  424 |   478 |        43
                      |______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|_______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|___________
Alabama ..............|  426 |   457 |  457 |   488 |  476 |   514 |  482 |   520 |   476 |   515 |  476 |   520 |  480 |   526 |         9
Alaska ...............|  461 |   481 |  449 |   486 |  445 |   479 |  443 |   480 |   439 |   481 |  433 |   475 |  438 |   477 |        42
Arizona ..............|  496 |   525 |  476 |   514 |  466 |   509 |  452 |   500 |   442 |   490 |  440 |   493 |  444 |   497 |        28
Arkansas .............|  482 |   510 |  477 |   510 |  482 |   519 |  471 |   515 |   482 |   523 |  474 |   516 |  478 |   519 |         6
California ...........|  435 |   473 |  426 |   475 |  423 |   481 |  422 |   484 |   415 |   482 |  416 |   484 |  415 |   484 |        47
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
Colorado .............|  479 |   515 |  467 |   513 |  466 |   514 |  458 |   508 |   453 |   506 |  453 |   507 |  454 |   509 |        28
Connecticut ..........|  442 |   471 |  430 |   463 |  440 |   474 |  435 |   473 |   429 |   468 |  430 |   470 |  430 |   474 |        88
Delaware .............|  439 |   476 |  429 |   470 |  442 |   475 |  435 |   468 |   428 |   464 |  432 |   463 |  429 |   465 |        68
District of Columbia .|  --- |  ---  |  --- |   --- |  413 |   439 |  407 |   439 |   405 |   435 |  405 |   437 |  405 |   441 |        76
Florida ..............|  441 |   474 |  424 |   463 |  426 |   469 |  420 |   467 |   416 |   466 |  416 |   468 |  416 |   466 |        52
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
Georgia ..............|  397 |   427 |  390 |   426 |  402 |   440 |  402 |   445 |   400 |   444 |  398 |   444 |  399 |   445 |        65
Hawaii ...............|  414 |   478 |  390 |   464 |  403 |   477 |  406 |   482 |   405 |   478 |  401 |   477 |  401 |   478 |        56
Idaho ................|  493 |   524 |  486 |   523 |  475 |   512 |  465 |   500 |   463 |   505 |  460 |   503 |  465 |   507 |        18
Illinois .............|  460 |   510 |  459 |   508 |  466 |   519 |  462 |   520 |   471 |   535 |  473 |   537 |  475 |   541 |        15
Indiana...............|  418 |   463 |  406 |   451 |  415 |   459 |  412 |   459 |   408 |   457 |  409 |   459 |  409 |   460 |        61
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
Iowa .................|  523 |   568 |  515 |   566 |  519 |   576 |  512 |   572 |   515 |   578 |  512 |   584 |  520 |   583 |         5
Kansas ...............|  503 |   540 |  502 |   542 |  498 |   544 |  495 |   545 |   493 |   546 |  487 |   546 |  494 |   548 |         9
Kentucky .............|  470 |   507 |  474 |   509 |  483 |   519 |  477 |   519 |   473 |   520 |  470 |   518 |  476 |   522 |        11
Louisiana ............|  456 |   491 |  461 |   494 |  474 |   507 |  473 |   513 |   476 |   518 |  471 |   520 |  481 |   527 |         9
Maine ................|  437 |   471 |  426 |   465 |  434 |   466 |  431 |   466 |   421 |   458 |  422 |   460 |  422 |   463 |        69
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
Maryland .............|  436 |   471 |  423 |   461 |  436 |   475 |  434 |   480 |   429 |   475 |  431 |   476 |  431 |   478 |        66
Massachusetts ........|  434 |   469 |  422 |   462 |  436 |   473 |  432 |   473 |   426 |   470 |  428 |   474 |  427 |   476 |        81
Michigan .............|  451 |   498 |  456 |   508 |  462 |   514 |  458 |   514 |   461 |   519 |  464 |   523 |  469 |   528 |        11
Minnesota ............|  506 |   552 |  486 |   539 |  482 |   540 |  474 |   532 |   480 |   543 |  492 |   561 |  489 |   556 |        10
Mississippi ..........|  477 |   503 |  473 |   502 |  485 |   516 |  472 |   516 |   477 |   520 |  478 |   526 |  481 |   521 |         4
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
Missouri..............|  465 |   500 |  462 |   504 |  476 |   519 |  471 |   518 |   476 |   526 |  475 |   529 |  481 |   532 |        11
Montana ..............|  500 |   547 |  485 |   539 |  485 |   541 |  469 |   523 |   464 |   518 |  465 |   523 |  459 |   516 |        24
Nebraska .............|  459 |   507 |  489 |   537 |  493 |   549 |  487 |   543 |   481 |   543 |  478 |   540 |  479 |   544 |        10
Nevada ...............|  465 |   497 |  445 |   487 |  445 |   485 |  439 |   487 |   435 |   484 |  434 |   488 |  432 |   488 |        28
New Hampshire ........|  449 |   485 |  439 |   479 |  450 |   485 |  447 |   485 |   440 |   481 |  440 |   483 |  442 |   487 |        78
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
New Jersey ...........|  424 |   454 |  414 |   450 |  424 |   465 |  423 |   471 |   417 |   469 |  420 |   471 |  419 |   473 |        76
New Mexico ...........|  486 |   516 |  474 |   510 |  489 |   527 |  483 |   532 |   474 |   522 |  475 |   521 |  478 |   525 |        11
New York .............|  441 |   484 |  427 |   471 |  427 |   471 |  419 |   471 |   413 |   468 |  416 |   466 |  416 |   471 |        74
North Carolina .......|  399 |   428 |  391 |   427 |  399 |   436 |  397 |   439 |   400 |   444 |  405 |   450 |  406 |   453 |        60
North Dakota .........|  510 |   554 |  494 |   544 |  508 |   556 |  500 |   567 |   502 |   571 |  501 |   567 |  518 |   583 |         6
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
Ohio .................|  456 |   499 |  457 |   500 |  460 |   503 |  451 |   497 |   450 |   496 |  450 |   501 |  454 |   505 |        22
Oklahoma .............|  480 |   514 |  485 |   526 |  487 |   521 |  479 |   522 |   476 |   521 |  480 |   527 |  482 |   530 |         9
Oregon ...............|  440 |   468 |  431 |   469 |  444 |   486 |  443 |   484 |   439 |   483 |  439 |   486 |  441 |   492 |        56
Pennsylvania .........|  430 |   470 |  421 |   459 |  429 |   465 |  423 |   463 |   417 |   459 |  418 |   459 |  418 |   460 |        70
Rhode Island .........|  432 |   469 |  415 |   452 |  432 |   466 |  429 |   466 |   421 |   459 |  421 |   460 |  419 |   464 |        71
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
South Carolina .......|  382 |   412 |  374 |   406 |  395 |   431 |  399 |   439 |   395 |   437 |  394 |   437 |  396 |   442 |        61
South Dakota .........|  523 |   561 |  519 |   561 |  531 |   567 |  498 |   543 |   496 |   551 |  490 |   550 |  502 |   558 |         6
Tennessee ............|  477 |   511 |  475 |   514 |  486 |   521 |  486 |   523 |   487 |   528 |  484 |   529 |  486 |   531 |        13
Texas ................|  431 |   467 |  415 |   455 |  419 |   458 |  415 |   462 |   411 |   463 |  410 |   466 |  413 |   472 |        45
Utah .................|  516 |   553 |  511 |   548 |  506 |   541 |  499 |   537 |   494 |   537 |  496 |   545 |  500 |   549 |         4
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |       |       |      |       |      |       |
Vermont ..............|  439 |   476 |  427 |   467 |  442 |   474 |  435 |   470 |   424 |   466 |  429 |   468 |  426 |   467 |        68
Virginia .............|  431 |   463 |  424 |   461 |  435 |   473 |  430 |   472 |   424 |   466 |  425 |   468 |  425 |   469 |        63
Washington ...........|  489 |   522 |  472 |   517 |  461 |   502 |  448 |   491 |   433 |   480 |  432 |   484 |  435 |   486 |        52
West Virginia.........|  462 |   502 |  458 |   495 |  462 |   502 |  448 |   491 |   441 |   485 |  440 |   484 |  439 |   485 |        17
Wisconsin ............|  492 |   544 |  477 |   533 |  478 |   536 |  477 |   536 |   481 |   542 |  481 |   548 |  485 |   551 |        10
Wyoming ..............|  506 |   548 |  478 |   528 |  484 |   534 |  462 |   516 |   466 |   514 |  462 |   516 |  463 |   507 |        13
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1/ Based on the number of high school graduates in 1993 as projected by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the
number of 1993 seniors who took the SAT.
---Data not available.  
NOTE.--Possible scores on each part of the SAT range from 200 to 800.  Rankings of states based on SAT scores alone are invalid because
of the varying proportions of students in each state taking the tests.  
SOURCE:  College Entrance Examination Board, News Release, "College Board Reports SAT Scores Up Again This Year for All Students and Most
Ethnic Subgroups." (Copyright @ 1993 by the College Entrance Examination Board.  All rights reserved.)  (This table was prepared April
1994.)