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States with the highest SAT scores

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    States with the highest SAT scores

    The source of dread for nearly two million high schoolers every year, the SAT, or Scholastic Assessment Test, is a nearly four-hour long juggernaut designed to test a student’s abilities in reading, math, and (optionally) writing. Grade point average, extracurricular activities, and supplemental essays are all important factors on a college application; however, the SAT provides a way to compare students nationwide, no matter how grades are weighted or how many clubs exist at individual high schools.

    The SAT has its fair share of naysayers. Many experts point to the fact that high SAT scores are only loosely correlated with success in college, which is better predicted by high school grades. Higher SAT scores are strongly correlated with higher family income, showing the advantages of tutoring. Several high-profile schools, including the University of Chicago and George Washington University, don’t even require the SAT on their 2018 applications. To counteract the criticism, the College Boards, which administers the SAT, made sweeping changes to the test in 2016, no longer requiring students to memorize archaic vocabulary and getting rid of the point penalty for guessing. It remains to be seen whether or not the changes will greatly affect students’ scores.  

    Stacker referenced College Board data reported by PrepScholar in order to rank the states with the highest performance on the SAT, drawing on results from the class of 2017. Each state’s average composite score is included along with the average scores in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (“Reading”) and Math (“Math”), as well as the participation rate, which is indicative of how many students in the state actually took the test. It’s worth noting that certain places mandate that high schoolers take the test, leading to higher participation rates but lower scores overall, while many of the leading states on our list have participation rates of less than 10%.

    Read on to see where your state stacks up when it comes to mastering the SAT.

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    #51. Washington, D.C.

    Total score: 950 (Reading: 482, Math: 468)
    Participation rate: 100%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Maryland: College Park, Bowie State University, Temple University
     

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    #50. Delaware

    Total score: 996 (Reading: 503, Math: 492)
    Participation rate: 100%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Penn State University Park
     

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    #49. Idaho

    Total score: 1005 (Reading: 513, Math: 493)
    Participation rate: 93%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Boise State University, University of Idaho, Idaho State University 
     

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    #48. Michigan

    Total score: 1005 (Reading: 509, Math: 495)
    Participation rate: 100%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan 
     

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    #47. Maine

    Total score: 1012 (Reading: 513, Math: 499)
    Participation rate: 95%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, University of New Hampshire 
     

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    #46. Florida

    Total score: 1017 (Reading: 520, Math: 497)
    Participation rate: 83%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Central Florida, Florida State University, University of Florida
     

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    #45. Texas

    Total score: 1020 (Reading: 513, Math: 507)
    Participation rate: 62%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University
     

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    #44. Connecticut

    Total score: 1041 (Reading: 530, Math: 512)
    Participation rate: 100%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University
     

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    #43. Oklahoma

    Total score: 1047 (Reading: 530, Math: 517)
    Participation rate: 7%
     Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa
     

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    #42. Georgia

    Total score: 1050 (Reading: 535, Math: 515)
    Participation rate: 61%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia, Georgia State University 
     

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    #41. New York

    Total score: 1052 (Reading: 528, Math: 523)
    Participation rate: 67%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: SUNY University at Stony Brook, SUNY University at Binghamton, SUNY University at Buffalo
     

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    #40. New Hampshire

    Total score: 1052 (Reading: 532, Math: 520)
    Participation rate: 96%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, University of Vermont 
     

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    #39. California

    Total score: 1055 (Reading: 531, Math: 524)
    Participation rate: 53%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: California State University Mentor, University of California: Irvine, University of California: Los Angeles 
     

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    #38. New Jersey

    Total score: 1056 (Reading: 530, Math: 526)
    Participation rate: 70%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Rutgers University: New Brunswick/Piscataway, Rowan University, The College of New Jersey
     

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    #37. Maryland

    Total score: 1060 (Reading: 536, Math: 524)
    Participation rate: 69%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Maryland: College Park, Towson University, University of Maryland: Baltimore County
     

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    #36. Rhode Island

    Total score: 1062 (Reading: 539, Math: 524)
    Participation rate: 71%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Northeastern University

     

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    #35. South Carolina

    Total score: 1064 (Reading: 543, Math: 521)
    Participation rate: 50%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of South Carolina: Columbia, Clemson University, College of Charleston 

     

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    #34. Pennsylvania

    Total score: 1071 (Reading: 540, Math: 531)
    Participation rate: 65%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Penn State University Park, Temple University, University of Pittsburgh 
     

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    #33. Indiana

    Total score: 1074 (Reading: 542, Math: 532)
    Participation rate: 63%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Indiana University Bloomington, Ball State University, Purdue University

     

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    #32. Washington

    Total score: 1075 (Reading: 541, Math: 534)
    Participation rate: 64%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Washington State University, University of Washington, Western Washington University

     

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    #31. Alaska

    Total score: 1080 (Reading: 547, Math: 533)
    Participation rate: 38%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Montana State University

     

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    #30. North Carolina

    Total score: 1081 (Reading: 546, Math: 535)
    Participation rate: 49%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, East Carolina University 

     

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    #29. Hawaii

    Total score: 1085 (Reading: 544, Math: 541)
    Participation rate: 55%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Portland, University of Washington

     

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    #28. West Virginia

    Total score: 1086 (Reading: 558, Math: 528)
    Participation rate: 14%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: West Virginia University, Marshall University, Shepherd University
     

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    #27. Virginia

    Total score: 1102 (Reading: 561, Math: 541)
    Participation rate: 65%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: James Madison University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University

     

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    #26. Massachusetts

    Total score: 1107 (Reading: 555, Math: 551)
    Participation rate: 76%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Northeastern University

     

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    #25. Oregon

    Total score: 1108 (Reading: 560, Math: 548)
    Participation rate: 43%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Portland State University
     

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    #24. Vermont

    Total score: 1114 (Reading: 562, Math: 551)
    Participation rate: 60%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Vermont, Castleton University, University of New Hampshire

     

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    #23. Illinois

    Total score: 1115 (Reading: 559, Math: 556)
    Participation rate: 9%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago 

     

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    #22. Nevada

    Total score: 1116 (Reading: 563, Math: 553)
    Participation rate: 26%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Nevada: Reno, University of Nevada: Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada
     

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    #21. Arizona

    Total score: 1116 (Reading: 563, Math: 553)
    Participation rate: 30%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University  

     

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    #20. New Mexico

    Total score: 1138 (Reading: 577, Math: 561)
    Participation rate: 11%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Central New Mexico Community College

     

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    #19. Ohio

    Total score: 1149 (Reading: 578, Math: 570)
    Participation rate: 12%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Ohio State University: Columbus Campus, University of Cincinnati, Miami University: Oxford

     

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    #18. Alabama

    Total score: 1165 (Reading: 593, Math: 572)
    Participation rate: 5%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham

     

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    #17. Montana

    Total score: 1196 (Reading: 605, Math: 591)
    Participation rate: 10%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Montana State University, University of Montana, University of Washington

     

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    #16. Louisiana

    Total score: 1198 (Reading: 611, Math: 586)
    Participation rate: 4%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Louisiana SU/A&M College, Tulane University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

     

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    #15. Colorado

    Total score: 1201 (Reading: 606, Math: 595)
    Participation rate: 11%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines

     

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    #14. Arkansas

    Total score: 1208 (Reading: 614, Math: 594)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University

     

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    #13. South Dakota

    Total score: 1216 (Reading: 612, Math: 603)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

     

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    #12. Tennessee

    Total score: 1228 (Reading: 623, Math: 604)
    Participation rate: 5%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Tennessee: Knoxville, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee: Chattanooga

     

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    #11. Wyoming

    Total score: 1230 (Reading: 626, Math: 604)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Wyoming, Stanford University, Montana State University

     

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    #10. Utah

    Total score: 1238 (Reading: 624, Math: 614)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University

     

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    #9. Mississippi

    Total score: 1242 (Reading: 634, Math: 607)
    Participation rate: 2%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt University

     

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    #8. Kentucky

    Total score: 1247 (Reading: 631, Math: 616)
    Participation rate: 4%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University

     

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    #7. Nebraska

    Total score: 1253 (Reading: 629, Math: 625)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, University of Nebraska - Omaha, Creighton University

     

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    #6. North Dakota

    Total score: 1256 (Reading: 635, Math: 621)
    Participation rate: 2%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University
     

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    #5. Kansas

    Total score: 1260 (Reading: 632, Math: 628)
    Participation rate: 4%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Stanford University

     

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    #4. Missouri

    Total score: 1271 (Reading: 640, Math: 631)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri: Columbia, Northwestern University

     

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    #3. Iowa

    Total score: 1275 (Reading: 641, Math: 635)
    Participation rate: 2%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Northwestern University

     

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    #2. Wisconsin

    Total score: 1291 (Reading: 642, Math: 649)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, Northwestern University

     

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    #1. Minnesota

    Total score: 1295 (Reading: 644, Math: 651)
    Participation rate: 3%
    Top colleges that received students’ scores: University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University

     

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