Curious how your SAT score compares? Knowing how your SAT score compares to national and state averages can be a helpful tool as you study and prepare! 

What is the average SAT score, both nationally and by state, and how does yours compare? 

Average Score on the SAT

The latest national average on the SAT is 1060, with a highest score of 1600. Broken down by section, the averages are: 

Average Evidence-based Reading and Writing score: 533
Average Math score: 528

This type of data can help you understand where your score ranks. If you score a 1060, that means you’re slightly above the 50th percentile: about half of the people taking the test scored higher than you and half scored lower. 

Average Scores by State

This chart shows the latest data for average SAT scores by state. Keep in mind the percentage of students who take the test in that state. If a state requires all their high school juniors to take the SAT, overall scores might be lower. In other states, students may only take the SAT if they plan to apply to college, or students in a particular state may primarily take the ACT instead. 

State % Taking the SAT Average Score
Alabama  3 1159
Alaska  23 1119
Arizona  11 1181
Arkansas  2 1194
California  24 1057
Colorado  56 1072
Connecticut  69 1072
Delaware  96 984
District of Columbia  91 987
Florida  81 993
Georgia  41 1086
Hawaii  26 1144
Idaho  91 985
Illinois  80 1007
Indiana  43 1095
Iowa  2 1243
Kansas  2 1243
Kentucky  2 1219
Louisiana  3 1188
Maine  29 1099
Maryland  47 1073
Massachusetts  34 1184
Michigan  68 1031
Minnesota  2 1263
Mississippi  1 1202
Missouri  2 1219
Montana  5 1225
Nebraska  2 1246
Nevada  4 1195
New Hampshire  71 1065
New Jersey  48 1125
New Mexico  30 996
New York  55 1057
North Carolina  23 1150
North Dakota  1 1258
Ohio  15 1048
Oklahoma  6 1042
Oregon  17 1119
Pennsylvania  39 1123
Rhode Island  100 995
South Carolina  48 1036
South Dakota  1 1215
Tennessee  7 1186
Texas  4 1220
Utah  1 1238
Vermont  41 1124
Virginia  41 1151
Washington  27 1072
West Virginia  45 1007
Wisconsin  1 1215
Wyoming  2 1233
National 31 1060

If you want to compare your state’s scores with another state, it’s best to compare between states that have similar percentages of students taking the SAT each year.

Does the average SAT score matter?

The average SAT score can be a good benchmark, but it shouldn’t be your goal. Here are a few other ways to know where your SAT score stands.

Set a realistic but ambitious goal for yourself. For some students, the goal might be the state or national average SAT score. For others it might be higher. If your SAT score is too low to receive any merit-based aid at your dream school, add a few more schools to your list!

Remember that you are your own biggest competition. Your goal should be to work your hardest to get your best score. That means preparing well, taking practice tests, and taking the SAT multiple times. Don’t compare yourself to your classmates or siblings. 

Keep taking the test. Your first test will probably not be your best score. Many students earn their best score the third or fourth time they take the SAT. So don’t stop with your first (or even second) score! Keep working hard and pushing yourself to see how you can improve. 


Whether you’re looking to improve your below-average score to above-average or to get into your best-fit college (and win those scholarship dollars!), SAT prep can help. Learn more on our website.