SAT Scores 2012: How Did Local Public High Schools Fare?
SAT scores for 2012 have been released, showing some improvement, on average, in Florida scores, which nevertheless came in lower than national averages. Here’s how Hillsborough County’s public high schools fared on the college admission exam.
The SAT scores for 2012 are in, which prompted Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to herald the improvement, on average, in Florida scores, which nevertheless fell below national averages in all three sections of the test, according to figures released by the department of education.
“I am pleased that our students are improving their SAT performance,” Stewart said in a statement. “The data released are proof that their hard work is preparing them for the next step in education and life.”
Compared to last year, Florida’s average score on the critical reading section of the SAT is up five points; the average math score is up three points; and the average writing score is up five points.
Florida’s average scores on the reading, mathematics and writing portions of the SAT — 492, 492, and 476, respectively — were lower than the national averages of 496, 514, and 488.
SAT 2012: How Did Eastern Hillsborough County Public High Schools Fare?
SAT 2012: How Did Other Hillsborough Public High Schools Fare?
|School||Number of High School Seniors||Number of SAT Test-Takers||Percentage||Average Reading Score||Average Math Score||Average Writing Score|
|Tampa Bay Tech||464||417||90%||449||466||443|
|Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal|
How Do SAT Scores Work?
- The critical reading, writing and mathematics sections of the SAT are worth between 200 and 800 points each.
- An SAT score can range anywhere from a 600 on the very lowest end to a 2400 on the very highest end.
- A high SAT score can help a student get into the college of his choice, earn money for college and even exempt the student from introductory-level classes.
What Do Colleges Consider Good-Enough Scores?
- The University of Florida requires a minimum score of 460 in reading, 460 in math and 440 in writing.
- The University of South Florida has higher standards: 520 for reading, 540 for math and 500 for writing.
- The University of Central Florida requires 530 for reading, 560 for math and 510 for writing.
- The University of Miami looks for 600 in reading, 630 in math and 600 in writing.
- Florida State University looks for a total SAT score of 1740 (with reading, math and writing scores combined.)
Students hoping to get into Duke, Harvard or Stanford universities will have to try a lot harder.
- Duke requires a 660 score in reading, 690 in math and 670 in writing.
- Harvard looks for 690 in reading, 700 in math and 690 in writing.
- Stanford wants 670 in reading, 690 in math and 680 in writing.