The above is a map of the average reported SAT scores for each state. The darker the state, the better their test scores. Coming in at #1 is Illinois, with an average of 1807 between all three sections. At the low end of the states is Maine, with an average of just 1391 between all three sections. It is important to note, however, the darker states/better scoring states are also often states where the ACT is the dominant test – so perhaps only students with high hopes for college are electing to take the SAT in those states.
Shortly, I will post a map that compares states by their ACT college entrance exam, and we will see how it stacks up. Are some states really that much smarter than others, or are the lower scoring states simply an example of what happens when all students are strongly encouraged to take the SAT?