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Average SAT Scores, 2008–2012

The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions. The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage. The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

  Critical Reading Score Mathematical Score Writing Score
Year Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
2008 502 499 500 532 499 514 486 499 493
2009 502 497 499 533 498 514 485 498 492
2010 502 498 500 533 499 515 485 497 491
2011 500 495 497 531 500 514 482 496 489
2012 498 493 496 532 499 514 481 494 488
NOTE: A student's raw score is converted to a scaled score (reported on a 200-800 scale) by a statistical process called equating. Equating ensures that the different forms of the test or the level of ability of the students with whom you are tested do not affect your score. Equating makes it possible to make comparisons among test takers who take different editions of the test across different administrations. The maximum combined score of the three portions is 2400.
Source: College Board.

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