SAT Data Release

Matt Larriva
Oct 09, 2013
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This month, we received the annual SAT data dump. Whereas there is some good data here, and some new statistics worth noting, the more interesting information comes from the flurry of media activity that always kicks up in response to the College Board’s output.

We have compiled here a series of some of the more interesting reports:

The SAT as an IQ test designed to reaffirm previously-identified “smart people” and keep previously-identified “less smart” people low-scoring.

The article also offers an interesting history of the test:

The SAT was launched in 1926 as a variant of an intelligence test used in World War I to place soldiers and sailors. Harvard adopted it in 1934. The University of California long resisted using standardized tests but in 1968—swamped by more qualified applications than it could handle—began requiring applicants to submit SAT scores as a way to screen out lower achievers. By this past academic year almost 1.7 million students took the SAT, and about 1.8 million took the faster-growing ACT.

An explanation of why potential Business Majors tend to do poorer on the SAT–not because business majors are less capable, but because unfocused or non-academic students tend to default to business as a major.


Released SAT data tables detailing average point-gains that Seniors experience compared to their Junior-year sittings: about 10 points per section. This corroborates our other post: The Regardless Retake


Released SAT data of non-traditional test-takers  (7th,8th graders, and adults)


Enjoy, and email us with any questions.