FairTest Reacts to the 2018 SAT Scores & Score Charts

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embargoed for use with 2018 College Board SAT scores --  Wednesday, October 25, 2018

“REDESIGNED” SAT FAILED TO SLOW TEST-OPTIONAL MOMENTUM;

130 MORE SCHOOLS DROP ADMISSIONS EXAM SINCE NEW SAT ANNOUNCED;

1,020+ COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES NOW DO NOT REQUIRE SAT OR ACT SCORES

“Though a massive publicity campaign about the ‘redesigned’ SAT encouraged more students to take that exam, it failed to stem the rapidly growing movement toward test-optional admissions policies, in which neither the SAT or rival ACT are required of most applicants,” said Robert Schaeffer, Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

Schaeffer continued, “Since plans for the revised test were announced,130 colleges and universities dropped SAT and ACT requirements. That’s a pace of one every two weeks. Schools increasingly recognize they do not need the SAT – old or new – to make high-quality admissions decisions.”

More than 1,020 accredited, bachelor-degree institutions now will evaluate all or many applicants without regard to test scores. The test-optional list includes more than half of all “Top 100” liberal arts colleges and a total of 320 schools ranked in the top tiers of their categories by U.S. News & World Report.

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2018 COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS SCORES ON “REDESIGNED” SAT                               

(2,136,539 Test-Takers in Graduating Class)

     READING/
  WRITING
   MATH     TOTAL
             
ALL TEST-TAKERS   536               531   1068*
                
Female   539                  522   1061
Male   534    542   1076
             
Amer. Indian or Alaskan Native   480    469     949
Asian, Asian Amer. or Pacific Islander   588   635   1223
Black or African American   483   463     946
Hispanic, Latino or Latin American   501    489     990
Two or more races   558    543   1101
White   566    557   1123
             
* scores do not add precisely due to College Board rounding

Calculated by FairTest from: College Board, 2018 SAT Suite of Assessments Annual Report: Total Group

 

2018 COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS SAT SCORES BY PARENTAL EDUCATION

 
   

READING/
WRITING

  MATH   TOTAL
             
No High School Diploma                           473   471     944
High School Diploma   507    497   1005*
Associate Degree    526   513   1039
Bachelor’s Degree     566   563   1129
Graduate Degree       599   598   1197
             
* scores do not add precisely due to College Board rounding

Calculated by FairTest from: College Board, 2018 SAT Suite of Assessments Annual Report: Total Group