SAT Historical Percentiles for 2015- 2014- 2013- 2012- and 2011



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If you took the SAT from 2011-2015, you may be wondering what your percentile score is on the SAT. Is a 1500 on the SAT in 2011 the same percentile score as a 1500 in 2015? Do percentile scores change over time?

In this article, I will explain SAT percentile scores, how they change, and I’ll provide the percentile scores for SAT combined scores and section scores for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

Note:

Go to this article instead if you’re looking for historical percentiles for the new SAT

(tests taken March 2016 and later).

What Are Percentile Scores?




Percentile scores

reveal how well you did in relation to other people

. If you scored in the 99th percentile, then you did better than 99% of the people who took the test. If you scored in the 50th percentile, then you scored higher than 50% of the people who took the test.

The College Board determines its percentile scores annually from the scores of college-bound high school seniors who took the SAT.

The higher your percentile score, the better you did relative to other high school seniors

.

Do Percentile Scores Change?


Generally, percentile scores for equivalent SAT scores stay the same from year to year. For example,

a combined SAT score of 2180 was the 98th percentile in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015

.

However,

percentile scores for the same combined and section scores can change very slightly

. A combined score of 1990 was the 92nd percentile for 2014, but it was the 93rd percentile in 2011-2013 and 2015. Similarly, a score of 630 on Critical Reading was the 86th percentile in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015, but it was the 87th percentile in 2012.

The SAT does try to utilize its

scoring system

so that equivalent SAT scores are indicative of the same percentile scores and skill level, regardless of when the test was taken. The purpose of the SAT is to provide a valid way to compare students.

A score of 1600 from March 2015 is supposed to be equivalent to a 1600 from April 2015 or April 2007

.

How Should You Use This Data and Why Is It Important?


Your percentile score is the most straightforward way to determine if you got a

good

or

bad

SAT score. If you scored higher than the majority of test-takers, then you did well. However, when you apply to a specific college, you’re being compared to the other students who apply to that school. Most colleges publicize their 25th and 75th percentile SAT scores.

If you want to be competitive for admission at a certain college, then your

target score

should be around the school’s 75th percentile score

.

Also, percentile scores help put your scores in context. There may not seem to be much difference between a 680 on the Critical Reading section and a 600 on Math, but the Critical Reading score is the 94th percentile while the Math score is the 75th (according to

2015 SAT percentiles

). Raising each section score by 100 points would raise the Critical Reading percentile ranking by 5 points but the Math by 18.

If you’re considering retaking the SAT, your percentile scores can help you determine how you should prioritize your time

.

Similarly, a small composite score increase can have a huge impact on your percentile score if you received a middle score. For example, in 2015, a 1500 was the 52nd percentile but a 1750 was the 78th.

Raising your score 250 points can raise your score from average to among the top 1/4 of test-takers

.

Finally, seeing the percentile scores for multiple years shows how little variance there is between percentile scores for the same SAT composite or section score in different years.

If you’re worried about how an older SAT score stacks up with more recent scores, take a look at these charts to get an idea of how it compares

.

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Composite Score Percentiles, 2015 – 2011


Score


2015 Percentile



2014 Percentile



2013 Percentile



2012 Percentile



2011 Percentile

2400 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2390 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2380 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2370 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2360 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2350 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2340 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2330 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2320 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2310 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
2300 99 99 99+ 99 99+
2290 99 99 99 99 99+
2280 99 99 99 99 99
2270 99 99 99 99 99
2260 99 99 99 99 99
2250 99 99 99 99 99
2240 99 99 99 99 99
2230 99 99 99 99 99
2220 99 99 99 99 99
2210 98 98 98 99 99
2200 98 98 98 98 98
2190 98 98 98 98 98
2180 98 98 98 98 98
2170 98 98 98 98 98
2160 98 98 98 98 98
2150 97 97 97 97 98
2140 97 97 97 97 97
2130 97 97 97 97 97
2120 97 97 97 97 97
2110 97 96 97 97 97
2100 96 96 96 96 96
2090 96 96 96 96 96
2080 96 96 96 96 96
2070 95 95 95 96 96
2060 95 95 95 95 95
2050 95 95 95 95 95
2040 94 94 94 95 95
2030 94 94 94 94 94
2020 94 94 94 94 94
2010 93 93 93 93 93
2000 93 93 93 93 93
1990 93 92 93 93 93
1980 92 92 92 92 92
1970 92 92 92 92 92
1960 91 91 91 91 91
1950 91 91 91 91 91
1940 90 90 90 90 90
1930 90 90 90 90 90
1920 89 89 89 89 89
1910 89 89 89 89 89
1900 88 88 88 88 88
1890 88 87 88 88 88
1880 87 87 87 87 87
1870 87 86 86 87 86
1860 86 86 86 86 86
1850 85 85 85 85 85
1840 85 84 84 85 84
1830 84 84 84 84 84
1820 83 83 83 83 83
1810 83 82 82 82 82
1800 82 81 82 82 82
1790 81 81 81 81 81
1780 80 80 80 80 80
1770 80 79 79 79 79
1760 79 78 78 79 78
1750 78 77 78 78 78
1740 77 77 77 77 77
1730 76 76 76 76 76
1720 75 75 75 75 75
1710 74 74 74 74 74
1700 74 73 73 73 73
1690 73 72 72 72 72
1680 72 71 71 71 71
1670 71 70 70 70 70
1660 70 69 69 69 69
1650 69 68 68 68 68
1640 68 67 67 67 67
1630 67 66 66 66 66
1620 66 65 65 65 65
1610 65 64 64 64 64
1600 64 63 63 63 63
1590 62 62 62 62 62
1580 61 61 61 61 61
1570 60 60 60 60 59
1560 59 59 58 59 58
1550 58 57 57 57 57
1540 57 56 56 56 56
1530 56 55 55 55 55
1520 55 54 54 54 53
1510 53 53 52 53 52
1500 52 52 51 51 51
1490 51 50 50 50 50
1480 50 49 49 49 49
1470 49 48 48 48 47
1460 48 47 46 47 46
1450 46 46 45 45 45
1440 45 44 44 44 44
1430 44 43 43 43 42
1420 43 42 42 42 41
1410 42 41 40 40 40
1400 40 40 39 39 39
1390 39 38 38 38 38
1380 38 37 37 37 36
1370 37 36 36 36 35
1360 36 35 34 34 34
1350 34 34 33 33 33
1340 33 32 32 32 32
1330 32 31 31 31 30
1320 31 30 30 30 29
1310 30 29 29 29 28
1300 29 28 27 27 27
1290 28 27 26 26 26
1280 27 26 25 25 25
1270 26 25 24 24 24
1260 25 24 23 23 23
1250 24 23 22 22 22
1240 22 22 21 21 21
1230 22 21 20 20 20
1220 21 20 19 19 19
1210 20 19 18 18 18
1200 19 18 17 17 17
1190 18 17 17 16 16
1180 17 16 16 16 15
1170 16 15 15 15 14
1160 15 14 14 14 14
1150 14 14 13 13 13
1140 14 13 13 12 12
1130 13 12 12 11 11
1120 12 11 11 10 11
1110 12 11 11 10 10
1100 11 10 10 9 9
1090 10 10 9 9 9
1080 10 9 9 9 8
1070 9 8 8 8 8
1060 9 8 8 7 7
1050 8 7 7 7 7
1040 7 7 7 7 6
1030 7 6 6 6 6
1020 7 6 6 6 5
1010 6 6 5 5 5
1000 6 5 5 5 5
990 5 5 5 5 4
980 5 5 4 4 4
970 5 4 4 4 4
960 4 4 4 4 3
950 4 4 3 3 3
940 4 3 3 3 3
930 3 3 3 3 3
920 3 3 3 3 2
910 3 3 3 2 2
900 3 2 2 2 2
890 2 2 2 2 2
880 2 2 2 2 2
870 2 2 2 2 2
860 2 2 2 1 1
850 2 2 1 1 1
840 2 1 1 1 1
830 1 1 1 1 1
820 1 1 1 1 1
810 1 1 1 1 1
800 1 1 1 1 1
790 1 1 1 1 1
780 1 1 1 1 1
770 1 1 1 1- 1-
760 1 1 1- 1- 1-
750 1 1 1- 1- 1-
740 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
730 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
720 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
710 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
700 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
690 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
680 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
670 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
660 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
650 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
640 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
630 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
620 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
610 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
600

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Section Score Percentiles

Critical Reading


Score


2015 Percentile



2014 Percentile



2013 Percentile



2012 Percentile



2011 Percentile

800 99 99 99 99+ 99+
790 99 99 99 99 99
780 99 99 99 99 99
770 99 99 99 99 99

760
99 99 99 99 99
750 98 98 98 98 98
740 98 98 98 98 98
730 97 97 97 97 97
720 96 97 97 97 97
710 96 96 96 96 96
700 96 95 95 95 95
690 95 94 94 94 94
680 94 93 94 93 93
670 92 92 92 92 92
660 91 91 91 91 91
650 90 90 90 90 90
640 89 88 88 88 88
630 86 86 86 87 86
620 84 84 84 84 84
610 82 82 82 83 82
600 80 80 80 81 80
590 78 77 77 78 78
580 75 75 75 76 75
570 73 72 73 73 73
560 70 70 70 71 70
550 67 66 67 67 67
540 64 64 64 64 64
530 61 60 61 61 60
520 57 57 57 58 58
510 54 54 54 55 54
500 51 50 51 51 51
490 48 47 48 48 47
480 44 44 44 44 44
470 41 40 41 41 40
460 37 37 37 37 37
450 35 34 34 34 34
440 31 31 31 31 30
430 28 27 27 27 27
420 25 25 24 25 24
410 22 21 21 21 21
400 19 19 18 19 18
390 17 16 16 16 16
380 15 14 14 14 14
370 13 12 12 12 11
360 11 10 10 10 10
350 9 9 8 9 8
340 8 7 7 7 7
330 7 6 6 6 6
320 5 5 5 5 5
310 5 4 4 4 4
300 4 4 4 3 3
290 3 3 3 3 3
280 3 3 3 2 2
270 2 2 2 2 2
260 2 2 2 2 2
250 2 2 2 1 1
240 1 1 1 1 1
230 1 1 1 1 1
220 1 1 1 1 1
210 1 1 1 1 1
200

Math


Score


2015 Percentile



2014 Percentile



2013 Percentile



2012 Percentile



2011 Percentile

800 99 99 99 99 99
790 99 99 99 99 99
780 99 99 99 98 99
770 98 98 98 98 98
760 97 97 97 97 98
750 97 97 97 97 97
740 96 96 96 96 96
730 95 95 96 96 96
720 95 95 95 95 95
710 94 94 94 94 94
700 93 93 93 93 93
690 92 91 92 92 92
680 90 90 90 90 90
670 89 88 89 89 89
660 87 87 87 87 87
650 86 85 85 85 86
640 84 83 83 83 84
630 82 82 81 82 82
620 80 79 79 80 80
610 77 77 77 78 77
600 75 75 75 74 75
590 73 73 73 72 73
580 71 70 70 70 70
570 68 67 67 67 67
560 66 64 65 64 64
550 62 62 62 62 62
540 59 59 58 58 58
530 56 55 55 55 55
520 53 52 52 52 52
510 50 49 48 49 48
500 46 45 45 45 46
490 44 42 42 42 41
480 41 40 38 39 38
470 37 36 35 35 36
460 34 33 32 32 32
450 31 30 29 29 29
440 28 27 26 26 26
430 25 24 23 23 23
420 22 21 21 21 20
410 19 19 18 18 17
400 17 16 16 16 15
390 15 14 14 13 13
380 13 12 12 11 11
370 11 10 10 10 10
360 9 9 9 8 8
350 8 7 7 7 7
340 7 6 6 6 6
330 6 5 5 5 5
320 5 4 4 4 4
310 4 3 3 3 3
300 3 3 3 2 2
290 2 2 2 2 2
280 2 2 2 2 2
270 1 1 1 1 1
260 1 1 1 1 1
250 1 1 1 1 1
240 1 1 1 1 1
230 1 1 1 1 1
220 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
210 1- 1- 1- 1- 1-
200

Writing


Score


2015 Percentile



2014 Percentile



2013 Percentile



2012 Percentile



2011 Percentile

800 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+ 99+
790 99 99 99 99 99
780 99 99 99 99 99
770 99 99 99 99 99
760 99 99 99 99 99
750 98 98 98 98 98
740 98 98 98 98 98
730 98 97 98 98 97
720 97 97 97 97 97
710 96 96 96 96 96
700 96 96 96 96 96
690 95 95 95 95 95
680 94 94 94 94 94
670 93 93 93 93 93
660 92 92 92 92 92
650 91 90 90 90 90
640 89 89 89 89 89
630 88 88 88 88 88
620 86 86 86 86 86
610 84 84 84 84 84
600 82 82 82 82 82
590 80 80 80 80 80
580 78 78 78 78 78
570 76 76 76 75 75
560 74 73 73 73 72
550 71 70 70 70 70
540 68 68 68 67 67
530 65 65 65 64 64
520 62 62 61 61 61
510 59 58 58 58 58
500 56 55 55 55 54
490 53 52 51 52 51
480 49 48 48 48 47
470 46 45 45 44 44
460 42 41 41 41 40
450 39 38 37 38 37
440 35 34 34 34 34
430 32 31 30 31 30
420 29 28 27 27 27
410 25 25 24 24 24
400 22 21 21 21 21
390 19 19 18 18 18
380 17 16 16 16 15
370 14 14 13 13 13
360 12 12 11 11 11
350 10 10 9 9 9
340 8 8 8 8 7
330 7 7 6 6 6
320 6 5 5 5 5
310 5 4 4 4 4
300 4 4 3 3 3
290 3 3 3 3 3
280 3 2 2 2 2
270 2 2 2 2 2
260 2 2 2 1 1
250 2 1 1 1 1
240 1 1 1 1 1
230 1 1 1 1 1
220 1 1 1 1 1
210 1 1 1 1 1-
200

What’s Next?

Check out these posts on

what SAT scores measure

and

if you need SAT scores to transfer colleges

.


How do these compare to percentiles on the new SAT?


Learn more about new SAT percentile ranks here

.

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.

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