2000 College Bound Seniors Test Scores: SAT

Total Test-Takers: 1,260,278, of whom 53.7% are female

2001 College Bound Seniors Test Scores: SAT

Approximately 1.27 million test-takers, of whom 53.6% are female

2005 College Bound Seniors Average SAT Scores

Approximately 1.48 million test takers, of whom 53.0% were female


Letter to College Board

September 5, 2006

Gaston Caperton, President
The College Board
45 Columbus Avenue
New York, New York 10023 via overnight delivery


Dear Governor Caperton:

2006 College Bound Seniors Average SAT Scores

Approximately 1.47 million test takers, of whom 53.6% were female

 Female  502  502  502  

What to Look for in the College Board's SAT Score Report

Results from the first high school class that took the "new" SAT will be released on Tuesday, August 29. Because of controversies about the revised exam - including its extended length, higher cost, scoring errors, and the value of its "writing" section (see for background on these issues) - score trends will be closely scrutinized. Here are five major issues FairTest will be tracking.

ACT & SAT Yearly Information

See below for a yearly archive of FairTest analysis and reaction to score trends and breakdowns of the yearly ACT/SAT result releases.


2019: 2019 College-Bound Seniors SAT Scores

2019: FairTest Reacts to the 2019 SAT Scores: Gaps Between Demographic Groups Grows Larger

Different Tests, Same Flaws: A Comparison of the SAT, SAT II and ACT

Recent debate in college admissions has centered on a critique of the SAT I in favor of the SAT II and/or ACT. Proponents of these alternatives argue that the SAT I is primarily an aptitude test measuring some vague concept of "inherent ability," while the SAT II and ACT are more closely tied to what students learn in high school. However, while the origins of the exams and the rhetoric test-makers offer may differ, the SAT I, SAT II, and ACT present many of the same flaws and shortcomings.

10 Myths about the SAT

1. The SAT gives all students an equal shot at college admission.

Because of the way the test is constructed, its rewards for strategic guessing, the highly-speeded pace, and cultural biases, the SAT denies African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and women equal opportunities for higher education. Research shows that when admissions offices place heavy emphasis on SAT scores - particularly when they use rigid cut-off score minimums - the number of qualified students of color and low-income students admitted goes down.

Selected Annotated Bibliography on The SAT: Bias and Misuse

Includes entries on:

Admissions Alternatives


Gender Bias

Test Misuse

Predictive Validity

Racial/Ethnic Bias


Test Construction


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