What is a Good Score on the New SAT?

Presenting the SAT Score Range Chart, by University.

Editor’s Note: We have updated our information given College Board’s most recent publications. Check out our most up to date predictions here!

Today is the first iteration of the new SAT exam; hundreds of thousands of students across the country are currently working through the redesigned SAT in hopes of scoring well enough to secure a spot at their first choice college. But what kind of score will be that be?

Today we'll demystify the New SAT score with our list of estimated score ranges for over 200 colleges and universities!
Today we’ll demystify the New SAT score with our list of estimated score ranges for over 200 colleges and universities!

The March 5th SAT results are not likely to be released until the middle of May, presumably to allow College Board the opportunity finalize their score conversions and concordance table. This gives students plenty of time to agonize and worry about their scores. Questions will abound – Did I do well? What does this score mean? Will this score get me into the colleges I want to go to? Do I need tot take the SAT again? What is a good score on the new SAT?

A good score depends on where you want to go to college: usually the higher the score, the better the college, which is why the SAT is so important in the first place. However, remember that while the SAT is certainly important and widely considered one of the top two factors in college admissions (along with class rank), it is certainly not the only criterion -extracurricular achievements, SAT Subject tests, recommendations, and essays all play an important role in whether or not a college accepts you.

Further, the SAT score typically required for admission to a particular college is not set in stone. Admissions officers will consider your score in the context of other factors such as geographic location, ethnic diversity, hardship and adversity, and athletics. One score does not fit all, and there is no “magic number” a student needs to reach in order to be accepted to a certain school. You need to honestly evaluate yourself to determine if your circumstances mean you should aim for above or below the school average and still have a good shot at admissions. Regardless, below we have created a table showing you what Testmasters expects the average New SAT score to be for various colleges, though again, if you do not fall into any of the special aforementioned circumstances, you’ll want to aim for scoring above this estimated average.

Please note that the data presented is an estimate based on several factors including current SAT averages for admissions out of 2400, trends in college admissions difficulty, pre-2005 data (when the SAT was scored out of 1600), and empirical evidence. No one will know for sure what SAT scores colleges will expect from their applications until after the first round of admissions decisions are made with the new SAT and the results are published, which will be around April 2017. Until then, the table below can be used as a metric for what scores to target on the SAT for admission to many U.S. colleges and universities.

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School Name Expected Score
American University 1330
Amherst College 1470
Auburn University 1200
Austin College 1330
Barnard College 1410
Baylor University 1270
Boston College 1390
Boston University 1370
Brigham Young University-Provo 1310
Brown University 1450
Bucknell University 1370
California Institute of Technology 1520
Calvin College 1290
Carleton College 1430
Carnegie Mellon University 1430
Case Western Reserve University 1370
Cedarville University 1260
Chapman University 1280
Claremont McKenna College 1440
Clemson University 1290
Coe College 1280
Colby College 1410
Colgate University 1410
College of William and Mary 1410
Colorado School of Mines 1330
Columbia University in the City of New York 1460
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 1410
Cornell College 1310
Cornell University 1430
Covenant College 1250
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 1170
Dallas Baptist University 1140
Dartmouth College 1460
Davidson College 1410
DePauw University 1300
DigiPen Institute of Technology 1300
Drake University 1280
Duke University 1460
Elon University 1240
Emory University 1420
Florida State University 1250
Fordham University 1270
George Washington University 1350
Georgetown University 1420
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 1390
Gonzaga University 1260
Grinnell College 1410
Hamilton College 1400
Harvard University 1500
Harvey Mudd College 1480
Haverford College 1420
Hope College 1270
Houghton College 1260
Illinois Institute of Technology 1360
Iowa State University 1290
Jewish Theological Seminary of America 1400
Johns Hopkins University 1430
Kalamazoo College 1370
Kenyon College 1390
LeTourneau University 1250
Louisiana State University 1210
Loyola Marymount University 1240
Macalester College 1410
Marquette University 1260
Maryland Institute College of Art 1250
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1500
Mercer University 1260
Miami University-Oxford 1300
Michigan Technological University 1280
Middlebury College 1460
Mills College 1240
Millsaps College 1260
Mississippi State University 1240
Montreat College 1160
New College of Florida 1370
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 1330
New York University 1380
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 1280
North Dakota State University-Main Campus 1250
North Greenville University 1090
Northeastern University 1290
Northwestern University 1440
Oberlin College 1410
Ohio State University-Main Campus 1260
Oklahoma Baptist University 1210
Oklahoma City University 1220
Oklahoma State University 1170
Pepperdine University 1290
Pomona College 1460
Princeton University 1490
Reed College 1420
Rhode Island School of Design 1280
Rhodes College 1350
Rice University 1460
Rochester Institute of Technology 1280
Rockhurst University 1180
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 1370
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 1280
Saint Louis University 1280
Santa Clara University 1270
Scripps College 1400
Seattle University 1220
Simmons College 1190
Skidmore College 1330
Southern Methodist University 1280
St John’s College 1410
St Mary’s College of Maryland 1330
Stanford University 1470
Stevens Institute of Technology 1360
Stony Brook University 1260
SUNY at Binghamton 1330
SUNY College at Geneseo 1340
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1220
Swarthmore College 1460
Texas A & M University-College Station 1270
Texas Christian University 1240
Texas Tech University 1150
The Baptist College of Florida 990
The College of New Jersey 1340
The University of Texas at Austin 1310
The University of Texas at Dallas 1320
The University of Texas at San Antonio 1090
Trinity University 1360
Truman State University 1320
Tufts University 1420
Tulane University of Louisiana 1390
Union University 1220
United States Air Force Academy 1360
United States Coast Guard Academy 1350
United States Military Academy 1340
United States Naval Academy 1360
University of Alabama 1180
University of California-Berkeley 1380
University of California-Davis 1270
University of California-Los Angeles 1360
University of California-San Diego 1330
University of California-Santa Barbara 1270
University of Central Florida 1230
University of Chicago 1460
University of Colorado Boulder 1260
University of Colorado Denver 1150
University of Connecticut 1260
University of Dallas 1290
University of Delaware 1270
University of Denver 1230
University of Florida 1330
University of Georgia 1290
University of Houston 1140
University of Kentucky 1220
University of Maryland-Baltimore County 1300
University of Maryland-College Park 1330
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1210
University of Miami 1330
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1390
University of Minnesota-Morris 1240
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 1300
University of Mississippi 1150
University of Missouri-Columbia 1280
University of Missouri-Kansas City 1250
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1250
University of North Carolina at Asheville 1250
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1360
University of Northwestern-St Paul 1270
University of Notre Dame 1420
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus 1280
University of Oregon 1180
University of Pennsylvania 1450
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 1300
University of Portland 1260
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 1250
University of Puget Sound 1320
University of Richmond 1380
University of San Diego 1250
University of South Carolina-Columbia 1220
University of Southern California 1410
University of Tennessee-Knoxville 1200
University of Tulsa 1310
University of Vermont 1240
University of Virginia-Main Campus 1390
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 1270
Vanderbilt University 1410
Vassar College 1420
Villanova University 1330
Virginia Tech University 1280
Washington and Lee University 1430
Washington University in St Louis 1460
Webb Institute 1420
Wellesley College 1420
West Virginia University 1140
Westmont College 1290
Wheaton College 1390
Whitman College 1410
Willamette University 1330
Williams College 1460
Yale University 1490
Yeshiva University 1290
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  1. Do you think you will need to revise this table in light of the concordance table info that basically indicates that new SAT scores are inflated relative to past scores, or was that already taken into account?

  2. Our son just received his scores back from the new SAT. 700 Math…. 710 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. He’ll be a high school sophomore next year. He took the test cold with no preparation or study simply to see what it was like and for baseline purposes. I’m aware that 1410 isn’t a “bad” score and we are happy with this first attempt. My question is more of “what to expect” as far as point improvement with test prep, practice and study? I know there is no exact answer for this but in your experience, what kind of improvement should we see in your experience?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Derek,

      Studies show that most students scores improve marginally from their first test to their second test, even without formal test preparation. This is usually attributed to the student being more comfortable and more familiar with the exam; after you take a standardized test the first time, you pretty much know what to expect going forward. As a rising 10th grader, he will take at least two PSATs, one in October of this year and one in October of next year, before taking the actual SAT exam again. So, with no further action on your part, he will get the exposure he needs to achieve a marginal improvement just simply by virtue of taking the PSAT twice over the next two years.

      With that said, I would definitely recommend thoroughly preparing for him the PSAT and SAT. His scores, particularly for his age, are objectively outstanding. There is a very real chance that with preparation he could achieve National Merit Semifinalist status and otherwise try for a perfect score on the SAT. Testmasters offers a 200 point score increase guarantee, so with a high achieving student like your son, if he were to complete their course, they would actually guarantee a perfect score.

      Hope this helps!

  3. What about score of 1420 in redesigned SAT held in May 2016. It appears that score has moved downward and the percentile is high.1420 has been shown as 98%ile. How the colleges will fix their minimum requirements.

    1. Mrinal,

      That’s a very good question. A score of 1420 is very good! However, we won’t know more about what the different requirements are for different universities until they release their admission statistics for this year’s graduating class, which will be some time next year.

  4. So.. basically you can literally get accepted to all these universities if you get 1,600 in SAT? With full scholarship?

    1. Andy,

      Not quite. Actually, for example, Harvard actually rejects more perfect score applicants than they accept. When you apply to a top tier school, every aspect of your application is taken into consideration. Your essay, recommendations, extracurriculars and other accomplishments, not to mention other standardized tests like your AP scores and SAT Subject Test scores, are all taken into consideration. If you are interested in applying to top tier schools, you should check out our series What Does It Really Take to Get Into the Ivy League?

      Hope this helps!

  5. My son scored 1270 in the June 2016 SAT, he’s a rising senior. He improved his score by 20 points from his previous test. Would it make sense to take it a third time? He’s shooting for UMBC, UMD college park, or Towson.

    1. Kathleen,

      You should check with the schools directly to see what their policies are when considering standardized test scores. Many schools will “Super Score” your SAT scores, which basically means that they will consider the highest individual section scores across multiple SAT exams and combine these scores for the highest possible, or “Super Scored,” SAT score. It should be relatively easy to find out what each university’s policy is (a quick google search, for example, shows that UMBC does in fact Super Score). You can learn more about how to take advantage of Super Scoring and Score Choice at this web address.

      To be clear, if the school does Super Score, then you can take the SAT as many times as you want.

      Hope this helps!

  6. My daughter made her first attempt at the new SAT and received a score of 1190. What does this mean, considering she is 14 years old and just completed her first year of high school? She’s taking junior/senior classes in the fall as a 10th grader and graduating in June 2017 because she has the credits. She wants to take the sat again but how do we read the score on the new version?

    1. Betty,

      That is a competitive score for a child of her age; however, there is certainly room for improvement. To answer your question about interpreting these new scores – there are numerous resources, posted on this site and throughout the web (like the 2016 Concordance Tables, for example), that can tell you how this score might compare to previous SAT scores, which information you could then use to see how she compares in a larger historical context; however, one of the benefits of her having taken the test at such an early age, and really of her not being a member of the first two classes to take and submit the new SAT for the purpose of admission to college, is that by the time she is actually applying to college, not only will her score have improved but you will have much more information on what different universities typically expect on the new SAT for admission.

      For now, I would not worry too much about this score; instead, if you do wish to continue her preparation, I would recommend you focus on the 11th grade PSAT, as that is the exam that will be used for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

      Hope this helps!

  7. My son got a score of 1210 in his SAT (June2016). He is 12 now and will be going to 8th grade. He is very advanced for his age but I am not sure how good is his SAT score. Please guide

    1. Preeti,

      That is an excellent score for an 8th grader! You should now, over the next several years, turn your attention to preparing for the PSAT. He will take the PSAT at least twice in high school, once as a 10th grader and once again as an 11th grader; it is the 11th grade PSAT that really matters, as this is the PSAT that is used for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. With proper preparation, I am confident he could achieve the scores needed to meet the Semifinalist cutoff in 11th grade.

      Hope this helps!

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