Colleges with the Highest Average ACT Scores of Incoming Freshman

Which colleges have the highest average composite ACT scores among their incoming classes?  Here are the Top 100 Colleges as determined by Forbes, sorted by average ACT scores, average SAT scores and average GPA among their incoming classes.

RankingNameGPASAT CompositeACT
10MIT4.13152034
22Duke University4.17154034
57Harvey Mudd College4.1151034
6Harvard University4.04154034
33California Institute of Technology4.23156034
47Vanderbilt University3.76152033
21Bowdoin College3.8150033
5Yale University4.19154033
13University of Notre Dame4.11148033
32Rice University4.08151033
16Northwestern University4.11150033
3Stanford University4.18152033
63Washington University in St. Louis4.13152033
20University of Chicago4.16152033
4Princeton University3.91154033
62Johns Hopkins University3.74147032
17Wesleyan University3.76147032
25Cornell University4.01148032
14Dartmouth College4.1151032
12University of Pennsylvania3.94150032
37Boston College3.92143032
9Amherst College4.04149032
2Williams College4.05149032
56Carnegie Mellon University3.72147032
8Brown University4.05149032
1Pomona College4.08150032
19Haverford College4.01148032
7Swarthmore College4.06149031
73Cooper Union3.6140031
71University of Southern California3.73145031
15Columbia University4.13152031
40Colgate University3.66141031
28Vassar College3.99147031
29Washington and Lee University3.97145031
30Carleton College4.03148031
44Colby College3.66141031
51Hamilton College3.95145031
90Georgia Institute of Technology3.95143031
23Georgetown University3.96146031
34Middlebury College3.96145031
35University of California, Berkeley3.86144031
24Tufts University4.06149031
66Union College3.5931
67Macalester College3.88141031
18Claremont McKenna College4147031
52Reed College3.9144031
70Bates College3.89141031
74Lehigh University3.83137030
41University of Michigan, Ann Arbor3.82143030
65Grinnell College3.94142030
42Barnard College3.86142030
26Wellesley College3.96145030
39College of William & Mary4.16143030
92Connecticut College3.86140030
46Oberlin College3.59144030
79Emory University3.75143030
48Kenyon College3.9140030
31Davidson College3.9140030
93University of Maryland, College Park4.11137030
72Villanova University3.86137030
36University of Virginia4.22140030
54Smith College3.9141030
80Scripps College4.13145030
77New York University3.71141030
38United States Air Force Academy3.83137030
58Franklin and Marshall College3.81136030
59Wake Forest University3.85138030
60University of Rochester3.8141030
99University of Richmond3.8137030
75Brandeis University3.87140030
50Whitman College3.74138029
27United States Naval Academy3.86139029
61Colorado College3.84140029
95Mount Holyoke College3.66140029
55College of the Holy Cross3.82138029
85Santa Clara University3.66134029
11United States Military Academy at West Point3.8134029
64Bryn Mawr College3.85140029
91Boston University3.59137029
87Dickinson College3.75135029
43Bucknell University3.54137029
98Rhodes College3.78135029
94Occidental College3.6139029
96Denison University3.6132029
82University of Texas, Austin3.71133028
83University of Florida3.73134028
84Sewanee - University of the South3.62133028
81Trinity College3.78136028
76University of Washington3.76129028
45University of California, Los Angeles4.29137028
88Skidmore College3.71132028
89Centre College3.7131028
68University of Illionis, Urbana-Champaign3.83139028
69University of Wisconsin, Madison3.81135028
53Lafayette College3.46135028
100Trinity University3.5132028
78DePauw University3.75127027
97Wofford College3.54125026
49University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill3.29105222
86Wheaton College3.851230

These statistics were appended from the following sources:

http://prepscholar.com/

http://forbes.com/

http://collegedata.com/

And the individual schools' websites

Colleges with the Highest Average SAT Scores of Incoming Freshman

Which colleges have the highest average composite SAT scores among their incoming classes?  Here are the Top 100 Colleges as determined by Forbes, sorted by average SAT, average GPA and average ACT scores of their incoming classes.

RankingNameGPASAT MathSAT ReadingSAT WritingSAT CompositeACT
33California Institute of Technology4.237903938156034
22Duke University4.177803838154034
5Yale University4.197703939154033
6Harvard University4.047703938154034
4Princeton University3.917803838154033
15Columbia University4.137603838152031
10MIT4.137803837152034
20University of Chicago4.167603838152033
47Vanderbilt University3.767703837152033
63Washington University in St. Louis4.137703838152033
3Stanford University4.187603838152033
32Rice University4.087603737151033
14Dartmouth College4.17603838151032
57Harvey Mudd College4.17803837151034
21Bowdoin College3.87503838150033
1Pomona College4.087503837150032
16Northwestern University4.117603837150033
12University of Pennsylvania3.947503737150032
8Brown University4.057503737149032
9Amherst College4.047403737149032
24Tufts University4.067503737149031
2Williams College4.057403737149032
7Swarthmore College4.067403837149031
19Haverford College4.017403737148032
13University of Notre Dame4.117503737148033
25Cornell University4.017603737148032
30Carleton College4.037503737148031
17Wesleyan University3.767303737147032
18Claremont McKenna College47403737147031
56Carnegie Mellon University3.727603636147032
28Vassar College3.997303737147031
62Johns Hopkins University3.747403737147032
23Georgetown University3.9673037146031
26Wellesley College3.967103736145030
34Middlebury College3.967203636145031
29Washington and Lee University3.977203736145031
80Scripps College4.137103637145030
51Hamilton College3.957203636145031
71University of Southern California3.737403636145031
46Oberlin College3.597003736144030
52Reed College3.96903738144031
35University of California, Berkeley3.867403536144031
90Georgia Institute of Technology3.957403536143031
41University of Michigan, Ann Arbor3.827303536143030
39College of William & Mary4.167003736143030
37Boston College3.927203536143032
79Emory University3.757203536143030
42Barnard College3.866903636142030
65Grinnell College3.9473036142030
60University of Rochester3.87203435141030
77New York University3.717003536141030
67Macalester College3.887003636141031
54Smith College3.97003536141030
70Bates College3.897003636141031
40Colgate University3.6671035141031
44Colby College3.6671035141031
61Colorado College3.846903535140029
73Cooper Union3.67103535140031
75Brandeis University3.877103435140030
48Kenyon College3.96603635140030
92Connecticut College3.866903536140030
95Mount Holyoke College3.666703536140029
36University of Virginia4.227003535140030
64Bryn Mawr College3.857003535140029
31Davidson College3.96703635140030
27United States Naval Academy3.8670035139029
94Occidental College3.66903535139029
68University of Illionis, Urbana-Champaign3.837603334139028
59Wake Forest University3.8570035138030
50Whitman College3.746603535138029
55College of the Holy Cross3.826703435138029
45University of California, Los Angeles4.296903335137028
38United States Air Force Academy3.8370034137030
99University of Richmond3.86903435137030
74Lehigh University3.8371033137030
72Villanova University3.866903435137030
93University of Maryland, College Park4.1170034137030
91Boston University3.596903335137029
43Bucknell University3.546903435137029
58Franklin and Marshall College3.8174034136030
81Trinity College3.786603435136028
87Dickinson College3.756603434135029
98Rhodes College3.786503435135029
69University of Wisconsin, Madison3.817003234135028
53Lafayette College3.466703334135028
11United States Military Academy at West Point3.86703433134029
83University of Florida3.736503334134028
85Santa Clara University3.6667034134029
84Sewanee - University of the South3.626403434133028
82University of Texas, Austin3.716603333133028
96Denison University3.665034132029
100Trinity University3.56503333132028
88Skidmore College3.716403334132028
89Centre College3.76303333131028
76University of Washington3.766603132129028
78DePauw University3.756303132127027
97Wofford College3.546103131125026
86Wheaton College3.856341230
49University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill3.2955028105222
66Union College3.5931

These statistics were appended from the following sources:

http://prepscholar.com/

http://forbes.com/

http://collegedata.com/

And the individual schools' websites

100 Top Colleges Ranked by Percentage of Women Enrolled

Which schools have larger percentages of women than others?  Here are the Top 100 Colleges as determined by Forbes, sorted by percentage of women enrolled, as well as average GPA, average SAT and average ACT scores of their incoming classes.

RankingNameGPASAT CompositeACTPercent Women Freshmen Enrolled
54Smith College3.9141030100%
26Wellesley College3.96145030100%
95Mount Holyoke College3.66140029100%
64Bryn Mawr College3.85140029100%
91Boston University3.5913702965%
86Wheaton College3.85123064%
92Connecticut College3.8614003062%
67Macalester College3.8814103161%
50Whitman College3.7413802960%
88Skidmore College3.7113202860%
87Dickinson College3.7513502958%
39College of William & Mary4.1614303058%
80Scripps College4.1314503058%
79Emory University3.7514303058%
98Rhodes College3.7813502958%
49University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill3.2910522258%
77New York University3.7114103057%
75Brandeis University3.8714003057%
36University of Virginia4.2214003056%
28Vassar College3.9914703156%
45University of California, Los Angeles4.2913702856%
94Occidental College3.613902956%
96Denison University3.613202955%
65Grinnell College3.9414203055%
83University of Florida3.7313402855%
48Kenyon College3.914003055%
78DePauw University3.7512702754%
37Boston College3.9214303254%
46Oberlin College3.5914403054%
40Colgate University3.6614103154%
23Georgetown University3.9614603154%
61Colorado College3.8414002953%
30Carleton College4.0314803153%
47Vanderbilt University3.7615203353%
81Trinity College3.7813602853%
44Colby College3.6614103153%
25Cornell University4.0114803253%
59Wake Forest University3.8513803053%
58Franklin and Marshall College3.8113603053%
100Trinity University3.513202853%
63Washington University in St. Louis4.1315203352%
84Sewanee - University of the South3.6213302852%
43Bucknell University3.5413702952%
72Villanova University3.8613703052%
89Centre College3.713102852%
17Wesleyan University3.7614703252%
34Middlebury College3.9614503152%
35University of California, Berkeley3.8614403152%
82University of Texas, Austin3.7113302852%
8Brown University4.0514903252%
76University of Washington3.7612902852%
52Reed College3.914403152%
51Hamilton College3.9514503152%
99University of Richmond3.813703052%
12University of Pennsylvania3.9415003251%
24Tufts University4.0614903151%
7Swarthmore College4.0614903151%
2Williams College4.0514903251%
60University of Rochester3.814103051%
42Barnard College3.8614203051%
97Wofford College3.5412502651%
69University of Wisconsin, Madison3.8113502851%
70Bates College3.8914103151%
71University of Southern California3.7314503151%
31Davidson College3.914003051%
22Duke University4.1715403450%
16Northwestern University4.1115003350%
19Haverford College4.0114803250%
9Amherst College4.0414903250%
41University of Michigan, Ann Arbor3.8214303050%
55College of the Holy Cross3.8213802950%
14Dartmouth College4.115103250%
21Bowdoin College3.815003350%
85Santa Clara University3.6613402950%
29Washington and Lee University3.9714503150%
5Yale University4.1915403349%
62Johns Hopkins University3.7414703249%
18Claremont McKenna College414703148%
32Rice University4.0815103348%
4Princeton University3.9115403347%
15Columbia University4.1315203147%
93University of Maryland, College Park4.1113703047%
20University of Chicago4.1615203347%
13University of Notre Dame4.1114803347%
6Harvard University4.0415403447%
3Stanford University4.1815203347%
53Lafayette College3.4613502847%
10MIT4.1315203447%
66Union College3.593146%
33California Institute of Technology4.2315603446%
74Lehigh University3.8313703045%
57Harvey Mudd College4.115103445%
56Carnegie Mellon University3.7214703244%
68University of Illionis, Urbana-Champaign3.8313902844%
1Pomona College4.0815003244%
90Georgia Institute of Technology3.9514303134%
73Cooper Union3.614003134%
27United States Naval Academy3.8613902923%
38United States Air Force Academy3.8313703022%
11United States Military Academy at West Point3.813402917%

These statistics were appended from the following sources:

http://prepscholar.com/

http://forbes.com/

http://collegedata.com/

And the individual schools' websites

The Top 100 Colleges Admissions Requirements

GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

What GPA and SAT/ACT Scores do you need to attend American's Top 100 Colleges?  Many of these schools do not have minimum requirements, though these averages will help you determine the scores you need to have to compete.   Here are the Top 100 Colleges as determined by Forbes, listed along with the average GPA, average SAT and average ACT scores of their incoming classes.

RankingNameGPASAT MathSAT ReadingSAT WritingSAT CompositeACT
1Pomona College4.087503837150032
2Williams College4.057403737149032
3Stanford University4.187603838152033
4Princeton University3.917803838154033
5Yale University4.197703939154033
6Harvard University4.047703938154034
7Swarthmore College4.067403837149031
8Brown University4.057503737149032
9Amherst College4.047403737149032
10MIT4.137803837152034
11United States Military Academy at West Point3.86703433134029
12University of Pennsylvania3.947503737150032
13University of Notre Dame4.117503737148033
14Dartmouth College4.17603838151032
15Columbia University4.137603838152031
16Northwestern University4.117603837150033
17Wesleyan University3.767303737147032
18Claremont McKenna College47403737147031
19Haverford College4.017403737148032
20University of Chicago4.167603838152033
21Bowdoin College3.87503838150033
22Duke University4.177803838154034
23Georgetown University3.9673037146031
24Tufts University4.067503737149031
25Cornell University4.017603737148032
26Wellesley College3.967103736145030
27United States Naval Academy3.8670035139029
28Vassar College3.997303737147031
29Washington and Lee University3.977203736145031
30Carleton College4.037503737148031
31Davidson College3.96703635140030
32Rice University4.087603737151033
33California Institute of Technology4.237903938156034
34Middlebury College3.967203636145031
35University of California, Berkeley3.867403536144031
36University of Virginia4.227003535140030
37Boston College3.927203536143032
38United States Air Force Academy3.8370034137030
39College of William & Mary4.167003736143030
40Colgate University3.6671035141031
41University of Michigan, Ann Arbor3.827303536143030
42Barnard College3.866903636142030
43Bucknell University3.546903435137029
44Colby College3.6671035141031
45University of California, Los Angeles4.296903335137028
46Oberlin College3.597003736144030
47Vanderbilt University3.767703837152033
48Kenyon College3.96603635140030
49University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill3.2955028105222
50Whitman College3.746603535138029
51Hamilton College3.957203636145031
52Reed College3.96903738144031
53Lafayette College3.466703334135028
54Smith College3.97003536141030
55College of the Holy Cross3.826703435138029
56Carnegie Mellon University3.727603636147032
57Harvey Mudd College4.17803837151034
58Franklin and Marshall College3.8174034136030
59Wake Forest University3.8570035138030
60University of Rochester3.87203435141030
61Colorado College3.846903535140029
62Johns Hopkins University3.747403737147032
63Washington University in St. Louis4.137703838152033
64Bryn Mawr College3.857003535140029
65Grinnell College3.9473036142030
66Union College3.5931
67Macalester College3.887003636141031
68University of Illionis, Urbana-Champaign3.837603334139028
69University of Wisconsin, Madison3.817003234135028
70Bates College3.897003636141031
71University of Southern California3.737403636145031
72Villanova University3.866903435137030
73Cooper Union3.67103535140031
74Lehigh University3.8371033137030
75Brandeis University3.877103435140030
76University of Washington3.766603132129028
77New York University3.717003536141030
78DePauw University3.756303132127027
79Emory University3.757203536143030
80Scripps College4.137103637145030
81Trinity College3.786603435136028
82University of Texas, Austin3.716603333133028
83University of Florida3.736503334134028
84Sewanee - University of the South3.626403434133028
85Santa Clara University3.6667034134029
86Wheaton College3.856341230
87Dickinson College3.756603434135029
88Skidmore College3.716403334132028
89Centre College3.76303333131028
90Georgia Institute of Technology3.957403536143031
91Boston University3.596903335137029
92Connecticut College3.866903536140030
93University of Maryland, College Park4.1170034137030
94Occidental College3.66903535139029
95Mount Holyoke College3.666703536140029
96Denison University3.665034132029
97Wofford College3.546103131125026
98Rhodes College3.786503435135029
99University of Richmond3.86903435137030
100Trinity University3.56503333132028

These statistics were appended from the following sources:

http://prepscholar.com/

http://forbes.com/

http://collegedata.com/

And the individual schools' websites

 

 

SAT Versus ACT

Which Test Should I Take?

Which Test Should I Take, the SAT or ACT?

The short answer is that you should take whichever test(s) the colleges to which you’re applying require. If one of your top choice schools only accepts the SAT, then you should take the SAT, and vice versa. With that said, all 4-year universities now universally accept the ACT, so the choice between SAT and ACT is up to you. So let’s consider the two options side by side.

 

SAT-vs-ACT

So which test should I take? Let’s look at three factors — the time crunch, the math section and the science section.

Time

The ACT requires you to answer far more questions in a given amount of time, so if test anxiety is an issue for you, you may be better off taking the SAT which allots more time per question. Note, however, that SAT questions can at times be more challenging, necessitating the greater amount of time.

Math

Geometry and Trigonometry make up to one-third of the ACT math questions, whereas they make up far less of the SAT math section. So, if geometry and trigonometry are your math subjects of choice, the ACT may be the right choice for you. The ACT however does not provide mathematical formulas, unlike the SAT, so be sure to memorize those geometric equations.

Science

If science is your weakness, which for Rocket Girls it isn’t, then the SAT, without a science section, is the way to go. If you think you’ll shine on the science section, then take the ACT. Of course, keep in mind that the new SAT now includes two scientific/technical passages in its Reading Section.

In short, it doesn’t really matter which of the two tests you take, as long as the schools for which you’re applying accept both. You may want to take both and see which one you score better on. Then, focus your preparations on improving your score on that test.

Click here to learn more about the new SAT

Click here to learn more about the ACT

The ACT

An Overview

The ACT is now universally accepted by all four-year universities, giving you the option of taking it in place of the SAT. The ACT consists of four sections — English, Math, Reading and Science — and an optional essay. It is scored on a scale of 1-36.

The test takes 2 hours and 55 minutes, plus an optional 40 minutes if you decide to write the essay.

Each section can be broken down as follows:

English - 75 questions in 45 minutes

Math - 60 questions in 60 minutes

Reading - 40 questions in 35 minutes

Science - 40 questions in 35 minutes

Optional Essay - 40 minutes

Let’s look more closely at each of the above sections.

ACT English

The English sections consists of 40 usage and mechanics questions and 35 rhetorical skills questions. Usage and mechanics questions focus on sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Most of the questions follow this format: You are given a passage in which a word, phrase or sentence is underlined. You are given four choices, three options with which to replace the underlined passage, and the fourth option to leave the underlined passage alone.

The rhetorical skills questions assess reading and writing strategy, organization and style. You are given questions on adding, revising and/or deleting sentences, how a sentence fits into the overall structure of a passage, transitional phrases and writing style. Here’s an example of a rhetorical skills question provided by the ACT (This passage was taken from ACT’s publication Preparing for the SAT, downloadable here).

ACT-english

 

68. At this point, the writer is considering adding the following true statement:

To meet their expectations, Jones crafted her speech, dress, and mannerisms based on cultural notions of motherhood.

Should the writer make this addition here?

F. Yes, because it highlights the contrast between Jones’s personal style and her audiences’.

G. Yes, because it adds details about what types of changes Jones made to create her public persona.

H. No, because it detracts from the focus of the paragraph by introducing unrelated details.

I. No, because it doesn’t indicate the effect Jones’s public persona had on audiences.

(By the way, the correct answer is G).

ACT Math

You are given 60 minutes to complete 60 math questions, but unlike the SAT, you may use your calculator throughout. There are restrictions on which calculators you may bring, so be sure to familiarize yourself with these before test day here.

The ACT contains far more questions on geometry and trigonometry than the SAT, up to one-third of all math questions, but you have to memorize the formulas going in, because unlike the SAT, the ACT does not provide you with the formulas.

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section contains 4 passages with 10 questions each. You are expected to read the passages and answer the related questions at a rate of 0.875 minutes per question (40 questions in 35 minutes). Speed is crucial. The questions focus more on reading comprehension than analysis. And, the questions are not in chronological order as they are on the SAT, so you need to fish through the entire passage to find specific details.

ACT Science

The ACT Science Reasoning Test has no equivalent on the SAT, though the latter has incorporated two science passages into its reading comprehension section. The ACT Science includes seven passages with 40 questions, all to be completed in 35 minutes. The questions assess skill in analyzing text, graphs and charts in the context of scientific reasoning. Though students often believe you need to know science in order to answer these questions, it’s not true. Rather, this section assesses your reading comprehension of technical information. There are at most 1-2 questions per exam that might require you to know something from your middle-school science days. Of course, competence in science, though not a requirement, doesn’t hurt. And, with Rocket Girls, scientific competence is a given.

ACT Essay

The ACT Essay asks you to analyze three different perspectives on an issue. You are then asked to argue your own position on the issue, and provide your own examples. The new SAT no longer asks for your stance on an issue.

For more information on the ACT, visit ACT’s website here.

The New SAT

The new SAT was first administered in March 2016. The New SAT returns to the old SAT scoring between 400 - 1600. There is no wrong-answer penalty, and the number of answer choices has been reduced from 5 to 4. This means that your chances of choosing the right answer have increased from 20% to 25%.

The new SAT has two sections with an optional essay section. The two sections are Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.

The test takes 3 hours without the essay, and 3 hours and 50 minutes with the essay.

The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section contains the following subsections:

Reading - 52 questions in 65 minutes
Writing and Language - 45 questions in 35 minutes

The Math Section contains the following two subsections:

Math - 20 questions in 25 minutes without calculator
Math - 38 questions in 55 minutes with calculator

Essay (Optional) - 50 minutes

The good news is that the penalty for wrong answers has been eliminated, so (educated) guess away!

Let’s look at the sections in more detail.

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section

The Reading Test consists of five passages, including some readings from classic texts, and science. Regarding the latter, two of the five passages will cover scientific topics with charts and figures, emulating the ACT Science section.

Each of the five passages will be somewhat lengthy as the short reading passages have been eliminated.

The reading passages are more complex than they used to be, and a new type of question asks you to find appropriate evidence within the passage to support your answer to previous questions.

SAT reading questions are still in chronological order to the passage, making it easier than in the ACT to find the corresponding text passages.

The Writing and Language Test no longer includes sentence completion, choosing the best word to complete a sentence. Rather, vocabulary questions will be asked in the context of supplied reading passages. In this way, SAT will be replacing its emphasis on sheer breadth of vocabulary to depth of vocabulary in context. Grammar similarly will be assessed in the context of reading.

The Math Section

The Math Section consists of two tests, one without a calculator and one with a calculator. As has always been the case with the SAT, there is still a heavy emphasis on algebra. New data analysis questions have been added, making up approximately one-third of the test, which include ratios, percentages and understanding graphs and charts.
There are only 6 questions on geometry and trigonometry.

The Math section includes 13 grid-in questions, in which the student bubbles in her own answer without the convenience of multiple choice.

The Essay

The essay is optional, but you should sit for it if any of your top-choice colleges either requires it or recommends it (”recommends” is code language for “do it.”)

You have 50 minutes for the essay section in which you are asked to analyze an argumentative essay. You are graded on the essay on three skills — reading, analysis and writing itself.

Which SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Should I Take?

In addition to the SAT and PSAT tests, the College Board also offers subject matter tests which assess your competence in subjects you studied in high school. These are essential for assessing your mathematics and science abilities when applying for schools in these subject areas. In this article, I will discuss the SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics.

There are two SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics — 1 and 2. Which one you should sit for depends on which math classes you have taken.

SAT Subject Test Mathematics 1

SAT Subject Test Mathematics 1 expects that you have already completed the following math courses, or their equivalent:

  • Two years of Algebra
  • One year of Geometry

The anticipated skills you should possess are:

  • Number and operations
  • Algebra and functions
  • Geometry and measurement (plane Euclidean, coordinate, three-dimensional, and trigonometry)
  • Data analysis, statistics, and probabilityThe specific topics Mathematics I tests are:

And the topics are:

  • Orders of operation
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Complex numbers
  • Elementary number theory, matrices and sequences
  • Algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities
  • Linear equations
  • Polynomials
  • Rational numbers
  • Exponentials
  • Plane Euclidean Geometry
  • Solving for surface area and volume of three-dimensional solids
  • Statistical functions, such as mean, median, mode, range, interquartile range, graphs and plots, least squares linear regressions and probability.

The SAT II Mathematics 2 Test

The Mathematics 2 Test assesses, in addition to the above subjects, trigonometry and elementary precalculus. If you have taken trigonometry and precalculus, you should take this second test, thereby highlighting your skills in higher-level mathematics.

These additional topics include:

  • Logarithmic, trigonometric, periodic, piecewise, recursive and parametric equations
  • Right triangles, identities, radian measure, law of cosines, law of sines, equations and double angle formulas (12 - 16% of the test)

Test Details

Each test consists of 50 multiple choice questions in a 60-minute period, which works out to 1.2 minutes per question. You are encouraged to bring a calculator you are comfortable with using, first and foremost, though a graphing calculator is preferred.

Test Scoring

Each test is scored on a scale from 200 - 800. In 2015, the top 90% of students who took the Mathematics 1 test scored 750 or higher. 50% of the students scored 640 or higher. Note that the scores on subject tests tend to be higher than SAT scores.

Regarding the Mathematics 2 test, 81% or higher scored a perfect 800. 50% of the students taking the Mathematics 2 Subject Test scored 710 or higher.

Which SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Test Should You Take?

If you have taken trigonometry and precalculus, received grades of B or higher, and are comfortable using a scientific or graphing calculator, the College Board recommends taking the Mathematics 2 subject test. They also warn against taking the Mathematics I test instead in hopes of scoring better. You will most likely do better taking the test that covers the topics you learned most recently.

How to Prepare for the Tests

The best way to prepare for this and any test is to take as many practice tests as you can.  Your best source for test prep and test materials is the The Official SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 Study Guide, which contains two full-length previously released tests.  Simulate the testing situation to the best of your ability, take the test, score yourself, and correct your mistakes.  Then rinse and repeat.

More information about the Mathematics Subject Tests can be found on the College Board website here.