At Aegis Advisors, we are often asked, what is a ‘good’ SAT score? This is a difficult question to answer, but we can begin to investigate this question by looking at average SAT scores and percentiles.
According to Prep Scholar with data gathered from the College Board, the average SAT score for 2020 was 1051 with an average score of 528 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and an average score of 523 for Math.
Note: SAT percentiles refer to the percentage of students who are performing at or below your child’s level. For example, a 65th percentile score means that 65% of students are performing as well as or worse than your child.
So what does this all mean? On a personal level, a good SAT score is one that is both realistically achievable for you, and is also within range for your university choices. Most universities will publish their range of scores for students they accepted, and as a general rule, we suggest to target to score at least within 50% percentile of that range for your child’s preferred universities.
In order to succeed on the SAT it is critical to prepare far in advance. To figure out the best preparation plan for your child, we suggest starting by taking a mock test and then going through it with someone familiar with the test. If you would like our help through this process, please reach out to us.