What is a Good Score on the New SAT?6 min read

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 NameExpected Score
American University1330
Amherst College1470
Auburn University1200
Austin College1330
Barnard College1410
Baylor University1270
Boston College1390
Boston University1370
Brigham Young University-Provo1310
Brown University1450
Bucknell University1370
California Institute of Technology1520
Calvin College1290
Carleton College1430
Carnegie Mellon University1430
Case Western Reserve University1370
Cedarville University1260
Chapman University1280
Claremont McKenna College1440
Clemson University1290
Coe College1280
Colby College1410
Colgate University1410
College of William and Mary1410
Colorado School of Mines1330
Columbia University in the City of New York1460
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art1410
Cornell College1310
Cornell University1430
Covenant College1250
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College1170
Dallas Baptist University1140
Dartmouth College1460
Davidson College1410
DePauw University1300
DigiPen Institute of Technology1300
Drake University1280
Duke University1460
Elon University1240
Emory University1420
Florida State University1250
Fordham University1270
George Washington University1350
Georgetown University1420
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus1390
Gonzaga University1260
Grinnell College1410
Hamilton College1400
Harvard University1500
Harvey Mudd College1480
Haverford College1420
Hope College1270
Houghton College1260
Illinois Institute of Technology1360
Iowa State University1290
Jewish Theological Seminary of America1400
Johns Hopkins University1430
Kalamazoo College1370
Kenyon College1390
LeTourneau University1250
Louisiana State University1210
Loyola Marymount University1240
Macalester College1410
Marquette University1260
Maryland Institute College of Art1250
Massachusetts Institute of Technology1500
Mercer University1260
Miami University-Oxford1300
Michigan Technological University1280
Middlebury College1460
Mills College1240
Millsaps College1260
Mississippi State University1240
Montreat College1160
New College of Florida1370
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology1330
New York University1380
North Carolina State University at Raleigh1280
North Dakota State University-Main Campus1250
North Greenville University1090
Northeastern University1290
Northwestern University1440
Oberlin College1410
Ohio State University-Main Campus1260
Oklahoma Baptist University1210
Oklahoma City University1220
Oklahoma State University1170
Pepperdine University1290
Pomona College1460
Princeton University1490
Reed College1420
Rhode Island School of Design1280
Rhodes College1350
Rice University1460
Rochester Institute of Technology1280
Rockhurst University1180
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology1370
Rutgers University-New Brunswick1280
Saint Louis University1280
Santa Clara University1270
Scripps College1400
Seattle University1220
Simmons College1190
Skidmore College1330
Southern Methodist University1280
St John’s College1410
St Mary’s College of Maryland1330
Stanford University1470
Stevens Institute of Technology1360
Stony Brook University1260
SUNY at Binghamton1330
SUNY College at Geneseo1340
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry1220
Swarthmore College1460
Texas A & M University-College Station1270
Texas Christian University1240
Texas Tech University1150
The Baptist College of Florida990
The College of New Jersey1340
The University of Texas at Austin1310
The University of Texas at Dallas1320
The University of Texas at San Antonio1090
Trinity University1360
Truman State University1320
Tufts University1420
Tulane University of Louisiana1390
Union University1220
United States Air Force Academy1360
United States Coast Guard Academy1350
United States Military Academy1340
United States Naval Academy1360
University of Alabama1180
University of California-Berkeley1380
University of California-Davis1270
University of California-Los Angeles1360
University of California-San Diego1330
University of California-Santa Barbara1270
University of Central Florida1230
University of Chicago1460
University of Colorado Boulder1260
University of Colorado Denver1150
University of Connecticut1260
University of Dallas1290
University of Delaware1270
University of Denver1230
University of Florida1330
University of Georgia1290
University of Houston1140
University of Kentucky1220
University of Maryland-Baltimore County1300
University of Maryland-College Park1330
University of Massachusetts-Amherst1210
University of Miami1330
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor1390
University of Minnesota-Morris1240
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities1300
University of Mississippi1150
University of Missouri-Columbia1280
University of Missouri-Kansas City1250
University of Nebraska-Lincoln1250
University of North Carolina at Asheville1250
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1360
University of Northwestern-St Paul1270
University of Notre Dame1420
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus1280
University of Oregon1180
University of Pennsylvania1450
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus1300
University of Portland1260
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras1250
University of Puget Sound1320
University of Richmond1380
University of San Diego1250
University of South Carolina-Columbia1220
University of Southern California1410
University of Tennessee-Knoxville1200
University of Tulsa1310
University of Vermont1240
University of Virginia-Main Campus1390
University of Washington-Seattle Campus1270
Vanderbilt University1410
Vassar College1420
Villanova University1330
Virginia Tech University1280
Washington and Lee University1430
Washington University in St Louis1460
Webb Institute1420
Wellesley College1420
West Virginia University1140
Westmont College1290
Wheaton College1390
Whitman College1410
Willamette University1330
Williams College1460
Yale University1490
Yeshiva University1290
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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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