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SAT Scoring

The SAT in University Admissions

What is a superscore?

Superscoring is the process by which colleges consider your highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT.

 

Schools will take your highest section scores, forming the highest possible composite “superscore”.

May

Verbal Score: 760

Math Score: 700

Total Score: 1460

October

Verbal Score: 720

Math Score: 750

Total Score: 1470

Superscore

Verbal Score: 760

Math Score: 750

Total Score: 1510

The SAT in University Admissions

What score do I need?

Here are the average SAT scores of successful applicants to top-tier universities.

Ivy League UniversitiesAverage Total SAT Scores
Yale University1550
Harvard College1520
Columbia University1520
Princeton University1520
University of Pennsylvania1510
Brown University1510
Dartmouth College1500
Cornell University1480

Top Private UniversitiesAverage Total SAT Scores
California Institute of Technology1560
University of Chicago1540
Vanderbilt University1530
Stanford University1520
MIT1520
Johns Hopkins University1510
Northwestern University1510
Carnegie Mellon University1500

Top Public UniversitiesAverage Total SAT Scores
Georgia Institute of Technology1520
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1500
UC, Berkeley1450
U. of Michigan, Ann-Arbor1450
University of Virginia1420
UC, Los Angeles1400
U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill1390

Superscores

The SAT in University Admissions

What is a superscore?

Superscoring is the process by which colleges consider your highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT.

 

Schools will take your highest section scores, forming the highest possible composite “superscore”.

May

Verbal Score: 760

Math Score: 700

Total Score: 1460

October

Verbal Score: 720

Math Score: 750

Total Score: 1470

Superscore

Verbal Score: 760

Math Score: 750

Total Score: 1510

Score Requirements

The SAT in University Admissions

What score do I need?

Here are the average SAT scores of successful applicants to top-tier universities.

Ivy League UniversitiesAverage Total SAT Scores
Yale University1550
Harvard College1520
Columbia University1520
Princeton University1520
University of Pennsylvania1510
Brown University1510
Dartmouth College1500
Cornell University1480

Top Private UniversitiesAverage Total SAT Scores
California Institute of Technology1560
University of Chicago1540
Vanderbilt University1530
Stanford University1520
MIT1520
Johns Hopkins University1510
Northwestern University1510
Carnegie Mellon University1500

Top Public UniversitiesAverage Total SAT Scores
Georgia Institute of Technology1520
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1500
UC, Berkeley1450
U. of Michigan, Ann-Arbor1450
University of Virginia1420
UC, Los Angeles1400
U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill1390