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States with the Highest and Lowest SAT Scores in 2022

The SAT is one of the most important placement tests that many high school students take each year. Does your state have the highest SAT score in the nation?
States with the Highest and Lowest SAT Scores in 2022
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The SAT is among the most important placement exams many high school students take. It could determine whether or not they get into their desired college or university, affecting their entire future, or it may affect the scholarships they get. The minimum score on the SAT is 400, and the highest you can get is 1600. That said, the national average currently rests at 1060. It's no wonder that students work hard to prepare for the test the summer before their Junior year.

So how does your state's test score stack up against the others? And where does it fall relative to the nation's average? In collaboration with our friends at Scholarship Institute, we at Learner crunched the numbers to find out. Take a look at our map below to see where your state's average SAT score ranks!

The top spots for the highest average SAT scores are:

  • 1. Minnesota – 1263
  • 2. North Dakota – 1258
  • 3. Nebraska – 1246
  • 4. Iowa and Kansas – 1243 (tied)
  • 5. Utah – 1238
  • 6. Wyoming – 1233
  • 7. Montana – 1225
  • 8. Tennessee – 1220
  • 9. Kentucky and Missouri – 1219 (tied)

The states with the lowest SAT scores are:

  • 43. Delaware – 984
  • 42. Idaho – 985
  • 41. District of Columbia – 987
  • 40. Florida – 993
  • 39. New Mexico – 996
  • 38. Texas – 1003
  • 37. West Virginia – 1007
  • 36. Illinois – 1007
  • 35. Rhode Island – 1011
  • 34. Michigan – 1031

Interesting Data Findings

  • Minnesota came in with the highest mean SAT score at 1263, which is 203 points above the national average
  • Delaware ranked as the state with the lowest score—76 points below the nation's average and an average score of 984
  • Some states tied for their ranking
  • Iowa and Kansas each had an average score of 1243, putting both of them in fourth place
  • Tennessee and Kentucky tied for ninth place, both with a score of 1219
  • South Dakota and Wisconsin were neck and neck for the tenth spot on the list with an average score of 1215
  • Alaska and Oregon both attained a score of 119, giving them the 24th spot overall
  • A three-way tie between Colorado, Connecticut, and Washington put them in 29th place, with a score of 1072
  • California and New York's average SAT score was 1057, putting them in the 31st spot
  • Illinois and West Virginia ranked 37th with a score of 1007
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We compiled the national and individual state SAT Suite Results for 2021 from the College Board to find out which states had the highest and lowest SAT scores. We then compared each state's mean SAT score with the national average to understand which states had a mean score higher or lower than the national average.

RankingStateMean SAT ScorePoints Above/Below National Average
2North Dakota1258198
10South Dakota1215155
19North Carolina115090
21New Jersey112565
30New Hampshire10655
N/ANational Average10600
31New York1057-3
34South Carolina1036-24
36Rhode Island1011-49
37West Virginia1007-53
39New Mexico996-64
41District of Columbia987-73

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SAT Tests are Back 

At the height of the pandemic, many higher learning institutions dropped the SAT and ACT requirements for admission consideration. Two years later, there are a lot of discussions around which colleges and universities are remaining test-optional moving forward as the things affected by the COVID-19 pandemic start to return to normalcy. Now high school students are back to balancing their high school GPA, community service, and SAT or ACT scores to qualify for a merit-based scholarship. 

Does your high school require the SAT to graduate? 

Not all do. Ask your counselor or any teacher at the school whether this is required to get your high school diploma. If the answer is yes, then, unfortunately, there's no way around it! The good news is that we're here to help.

Applying to a University of College school?

University of California schools, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz, have announced that at least for the class of 2022, they will remain SAT and ACT optional. 

Which schools require the SAT?

Some schools that have decided to reinstate the SAT requirement as part of the admission process are the University of Central Florida, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, and Simmons University. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced earlier this year that students applying to the university in 2022 (to graduate in 2023) would once again have to submit SAT or ACT exam scores. 

What countries accept the SAT?

Want to see the world while you learn? There's so much you can learn by immersing yourself in different countries and cultures that books can't teach you. If you're looking to widen your breadth and study abroad, some universities in the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Singapore accept SAT Scores. 

What's a good SAT Score for 2022 Overall?

It's a race to the top (half)! Your SATs are benchmarked against your peers, and if your test scores rank higher than average, the better. Although the SAT is only one part of your admission process and in no way indicates what you are capable of or how great you truly are, if it's being added as a part of your application package, then it’s best to aspire for your highest possible score. 

Here's how the numbers stack up:

99th (Best) 760 and above 800 1520 and above
90th (Excellent) 670-680 690 1350
75th (Good) 600-610 600 1200-1210
50th (Average) 520-530 520 1040-1050
25th (Poor) 450 440 890-900
10th (Poorer) 390-400 370-380 780
1st (Poorest) 330 and below 310 and below 670 and below

About the author:

Mike developed his passion for education as a math instructor at Penn State University. He expanded his educational experience launching and running an Executive Education business - training over 100,000 students per year. As the CEO of Learner, Mike focuses on accelerating learning and unleashing the potential of students. 

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