Scores from the first SAT of the 2016-17 school year dropped online Thursday, sending thousands of high schoolers to their computers to check their results and then to social media to react to them. Results from the Oct. 1 test day were released to colleges Wednesday and were going out to students throughout the day Thursday.
Students took to Twitter to react to their scores. Some messages were joyous, others were devastated. Many included memes.
About 6.7 million people took either the SAT or a test linked to the PSAT last school year, according to a recent news release from the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the exams. About 1.36 million of those test-takers signed up for the new version of the SAT, which debuted in March with fewer answer choices and an optional essay section.
Data on the new SAT has not been released, but for the old SAT — which was scored on a 2,400-point scale — the mean critical reading score was 494. The mean math score was 508, and the mean writing score was 482.
For the new SAT, PrepScholar writes on its website that an average score is about 1,000 out of 1,600. An excellent score, which would put you in the top quarter of test-takers, is about 1,200.
The Oct. 1 test date students were discussing Thursday was the first of the year. But problems with score reports have already cropped up. The College Board canceled a group of Egyptian students' October SAT scores this week "based on evidence that a test preparation organization illegally obtained and shared the test content before the administration," a spokeswoman told Inside Higher Ed.
If you need to take the test again — for whatever reason — you can do so on Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 21, May 6 or June 3. Register for those dates here.