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About This Site

This site presents student participation and performance data, released September 2016, for the tests that make up the SAT Suite of Assessments.

On these pages, we also highlight how the SAT Suite is tied to increasing opportunity for all students, through:

  • Measuring the skills most needed for college and career success
  • Providing free, personalized test practice for all students through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy
  • Increasing access to more scholarship dollars
  • Allowing students to send test scores to more colleges for free
  • Providing more test and college application fee waivers
  • Working with states and districts to increase access to our programs and services and the opportunities they provide

Important Notes on the Data

Most data points in this year’s report cannot be compared to those in previous years. Here’s why:

  • The redesigned tests are new tests based on different specifications than the old tests.
  • While the majority of students in the class of 2016 took the old SAT, some took the new SAT.
  • The way we collect and report race and ethnicity data has changed.
  • We changed our data systems to support our new score-reporting portal and to better align to school, district, and state data systems.

Get more details and learn how to work with this year’s data

The SAT Suite of Assessments

In the 2015-16 school year, the College Board released the redesigned SAT and PSAT/NMSQT and two new tests, the PSAT 10—a parallel form of the PSAT/NMSQT that 10th graders can take in the spring—and the PSAT 8/9, to create the SAT Suite of Assessments: tests that work together to measure college readiness over time and connect students to opportunities including scholarships, free practice, fee waivers, and Advanced Placement courses.

The redesigned SAT and PSAT/NMSQT are focused on the few things research and evidence show matter most for college readiness and closely reflect what students are learning in school. The new PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 measure those same skills and knowledge in grade-appropriate ways.

SAT Suite. The PSAT 8/8 is the baseline. PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 allows check-in on student progress. The SAT connects students to college.

Transition from the Old to New Tests

Students took the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the new PSAT 8/9 for the first time in the fall of 2015; they took the new PSAT 10 for the first time in the spring of 2016.

Most students who graduated in the class of 2016 took the old SAT. The new SAT debuted in March 2016, and it was mainly taken by high school juniors who will graduate in the class of 2017.

What’s in the 2016 Results?

These results, released in September 2016, include a final overview of participation and performance data for the old SAT, as well as a first look at the available participation data for the new SAT.

You’ll also find data for the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9, providing an early look at the first full cohorts that may take the new SAT.

Participation Highlights

The 2015-16 school year saw unprecedented numbers of test takers participating in at least one test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. This is due to the continuing growth of the PSAT-related assessments and the expansion of our SAT School Day program—which allows students to take the test during a school day rather than on a weekend—as well as to the introduction of the new SAT.

In the 2015-16 school year:

  • Over 6.7 million test takers completed the SAT or a PSAT-related assessment (PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or PSAT 8/9).
  • Over 5.1 million students took at least one PSAT-related assessment.
  • Over 4 million students took the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT—more than the number of students who took the old test in any other year. Nearly 247,000 students took the new PSAT 10, and nearly 885,500 students took the new PSAT 8/9.
  • Nearly 1.36 million test takers took the new SAT between March and June 2016, compared to nearly 1.18 million who took the old SAT during the same time period in 2015, representing a year-over-year increase of approximately 180,000 test takers.
  • Over 458,000 students took the SAT during a school day, compared to nearly 219,500 in 2014-15.

Among SAT takers in the class of 2016:

  • Over 1.63 million students took the old SAT at least once through January 2016, compared to over 1.62 million students in the class of 2015 taking the old SAT at least once through the comparable period in 2015—an increase of approximately 10,800 students.
  • Over 1.68 million students took either the new or the old SAT at least once through June. This is approximately 25,500 more than the number who took the SAT in the class of 2015.

More Resources

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