The Gender Gap in SAT Scores

The College Board has released data on the performance of high school Class of 2011 on the SAT college entrance examination. The mean composite score for men on the three sections of the test was 1513. This is 22 points higher than the mean score for women. Each of the three sections of the SAT are scored on a scale of 200 to 800.

Men had an average score of 531 on the mathematics portion of the test compared to an average score of 500 for women.

On the reading portion of the test, men had a mean score of 500, which was five points higher than the average for women SAT test takers.

On the writing portion of the test, women outscored men by 14 points. Women had a mean score of 496, whereas men scored, on average, 482.

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