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This report includes data from the SAT Suite of Assessments: the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Each assessment represents different populations of students.

Class of 2017 SAT Results

Data contained in this report reflect 2017 high school graduates who took the SAT during high school in either a national, international, or school day administration. If a student took the SAT more than once, the most recent score and self-reported SAT questionnaire responses are summarized.

Performance results include only test takers from the 2017 graduating class who took the new SAT (93% of the cohort). These results do not factor in performance on the old SAT, and they set a new baseline for future year-to-year comparisons.

This year's SAT performance results can’t be compared to results from previous years because of:

  • Differences between the old and new SAT
  • Variability in the number of administrations underlying each graduating class’s results
  • Changes to College Board data systems
  • Changes in the characteristics of test taker populations over time, which limit the ability to compare older SAT results to class of 2017 results

Comparing Old and New SAT Scores and Benchmarks

When we redesigned the SAT Suite of Assessments we also redesigned our college and career readiness benchmarks. The new benchmarks are based on different methodology than the old benchmarks and therefore cannot be directly compared.

Concordance tables are available to compare individual student scores from different assessments but can’t be used to compare aggregate mean scores from different assessments.  

PSAT-Related Assessments Results  

PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

Participation and performance results in this year’s report include students who took the PSAT/NMSQT and/or PSAT 10 during the 2016-17 school year compared to 2015-16. If a student tested more than once during the school year, the most recent score and self-reported questionnaire responses are summarized.

PSAT 8/9

Participation and performance results in this year’s report include students who took the PSAT 8/9 during the 2016-17 school year compared to 2015-16. If a student took the PSAT 8/9 more than once during the school year, the most recent score and self-reported questionnaire responses are summarized.

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