If you’re planning on taking the SAT this year, you may be wondering how high you’ll need to aim in order to attain a good (or even a great!) score. What is a good SAT score for 2017?  More importantly, what is a good SAT score for you?     

What Is a Good SAT Score for 2017 Overall?

In the simplest of terms, a good SAT score is any score that’s high enough to get you into the schools you wish to attend. But to define good SAT scores for 2017 overall, we’ll need to look at the SAT in a broader, more objective sense. And the easiest way to do this is to use averages and percentiles to see how your scores compare to those of other test takers. (Percentiles show you what percentage of test takers you scored higher than on the SAT.)

As you may know, the SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600.  According to the College Board, the average SAT score for 2017 is 1083 (for college-bound 11th and 12th graders), which is close to the 50th percentile.  Generally speaking, good SAT scores for 2017 can be considered anything above average (in other words, any score that places you in the top half of test takers).  Likewise, a poor score can be considered anything below average. So essentially, the farther you get from average, the better (if above average) or worse (if below average) your score will be.

Below is an overview of the current SAT percentiles and what they indicate about your test performance:

90th Percentile (excellent) –   EBRW= 680/Math=690                     TOTAL = 1340

75th Percentile (good) –           EBRW= 620/Math=610                      TOTAL = 1220

50th Percentile (average) –     EBRW= 540/Math=530                      TOTAL = 1080

25th Percentile (poor) –           EBRW= 470/Math=470                      TOTAL =  950

10th Percentile (very poor) –  EBRW= 410/Math=410                       TOTAL =   830