California SAT Scores 2016-2017

The College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers the SAT and AP tests, debuted a new SAT in March 2016 based on a scale of 400 to 1600 points.

The test has two sections, Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (ERW) and Math, and scores for each range from 200 to 800. Previously, the SAT test had three sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing, for a total possible score of 2400.

The College Board classifies students with ERW scores at or above 480 and Math SAT scores at or above 530 as "college and career ready.”

Note: Results from SAT tests taken during the 2016-17 school year prior to March are also included in the data released by the California Department of Education. The department adjusted the scores to the new standards.

Related data: California SAT scores 2011-2016

Related story: What’s behind the new SAT scores in San Diego County

Source: California Department of Education


What’s behind the new SAT scores in San Diego County

By Megan Wood | inewsource

More than half of San Diego County high school seniors who took the SAT during the 2016-17 school year were considered “college and career ready” based on the latest test results, but there’s more to the numbers.

Beginning in March 2016, the test had a new format and an updated scale. The penalty for guessing on answers was also eliminated.

“It was a complete redesign,” said Scott Hill, a regional vice president of the College Board, a nonprofit that administers the SAT.

The agency also created a new standard for students heading to college. It says students who score above a certain level in math and reading and writing have a 75 percent chance of receiving a C or higher in a related college course their first semester.

Data show 58 percent of San Diego County students scored above this standard in both subjects — that’s nearly 10 percentage points higher than the state average. The College Board categorizes these students as “college and career ready.”

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