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The Magical Number: 1572

WealthOfInformationWealthOfInformation Registered User Posts: 2,022 Senior Member
edited August 2005 in Parents Forum
1572 is the new National Average for the SAT.

789,325 (53 percent) of SAT takers are female and 686,298 (47 percent) are male.

Thirty-eight percent of SAT takers in the class of 2005 were minorities, the largest percentage of any class of SAT takers to date. All racial/ethnic groups registered increases compared to 1995 although some of the gains were minimal, especially among those with the fastest growth in the numbers of test-takers.

Thirty-six percent of SAT takers are first-generation college students. Fifty-eight percent of first-generation college students are female. This female dominance holds true for all the racial/ethnic groups.

The amount and quality of academic preparation for college varies by racial/ethnic group, parental education, and family income. Precalculus, for example, was taken by:
62 percent of Asian American students versus 34 percent of Puerto Ricans and 32 percent of African Americans;
54 percent of students whose parents graduated from college versus 37 percent of those whose parents did not have high school diplomas; and
52 percent of students with family incomes of $50,000 and above versus 40 percent of those with lower incomes.

Similar to SAT scores, students' performance in high school varies by race/ethnicity. Mean high school GPAs ranged from a high of 3.39 for Asian American students to 2.99 for African American students.
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Replies to: The Magical Number: 1572

  • tanmantanman Registered User Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    Is this info from CB? It seems odd that they are combining demographic information from the class of 2005 (which never took the new SAT) with a national average score for the new SAT (there's no way on earth that the average on the old test is anywhere near 1572)
  • marny1marny1 Registered User Posts: 2,235 Senior Member
    The national average for SAT (old format) was always around 1020. So if one got a score on the verbal and math of 510 on old format, the score would translate to around 1530 on new format. Of course, now they have the stats from the actual test so I assume the National average is 1572. Those scores fall in line with everything I remember about the SAT's (even 30+ years ago). The average kid is going to score around 520 on each portion of the exam. Only on College Confidential does a kid with a 700 (or now 2100) think their score is "just average".
  • tanmantanman Registered User Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    I found this article. Marny1 was right about the averages for the new and the old tests
  • audiophileaudiophile Registered User Posts: 2,618 Senior Member
    Only on College Confidential does a kid with a 700 (or now 2100) think their score is "just average".

    Actually, the usual CC response for that score is: "I know it sucks, but I'm planning on taking it again" ;)
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