SAT and PSAT scores of Minnesota high school test takers
In Minnesota, 5.4 percent of class of 2015 college-bound seniors took the SAT. Nationally, about half of college-bound seniors take the SAT and about half take the ACT. The ACT test is the most commonly taken test in Minnesota.
Typical Minnesota SAT test takers are considering application to selective colleges and national scholarship programs.
Minnesota SAT test takers:
- 3,205 took the SAT, compared to 3,523 last year
- 27 percent (850 students) were students of color, compared to 972 students from last year; 9.3 percent were underrepresented minority students (American Indian, Black or Hispanic)
- 78 percent met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark, compared to 42.6 nationally
The PSAT is taken by students in their sophomore or junior year of high school. Last year 22,852 24,651 Minnesota students took the PSAT compared to 24,651 the previous year.
About the SAT and PSAT
The SAT test helps colleges determine how well students are prepared for college. Colleges use the SAT scores for student admissions, advising, and placement. Some colleges require incoming freshmen to submit SAT scores rather than ACT, while some accept either test. The SAT includes a critical reading, math, and writing section. Each section is scored on a scale of 200-800, with an average score of 500 in each section. The SAT is administered by the College Board.
The PSAT/NMSQT is usually taken by students in their sophomore and junior years of high school. The test contains actual SAT questions, but is designed to be slightly easier than the SAT. It helps students prepare for the SAT and students can use the results to compare their college readiness early in high school with other students. The test is also used to enter competition for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The test is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.