Interesting Statistics About the SAT

Uneven bar graphs with an arrow under it going up.The SAT does not fill many students with a sense of excitement. It’s a test, after all, one with weeks of studying tacked onto it. But there are some interesting fun facts about this college entrance exam that can make it seem a little less tedious. So take a study break and check out these neat stats about the SAT:

Record-Breaking

The record for the highest number of high school students who took the SAT in one year is close to 1.65 million. This was in the year 2011. In 2016, 1.64 million students took the SAT.

Averages

In the year 2011 (which had a record number of test takers) the average score was 1500, out of a possible 2400. This was on the old scale, which was revamped in 2015.

Now, however, the SAT is out of a total 1600. In 2016, the national average SAT score was 1002.

Testing Days

The SAT is offered seven times a year in the US. Abroad, however, the SAT is only offered six times.

Cheaters Never Win

In 2011 a SAT cheating scandal broke, leading to 20 arrests. Several people were paid to take the test for other students—prices ranged from $500 to $3,600! It goes without saying, but: do. not. cheat.

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