How Income Can Affect Your SAT Score–And Future

Published August 24, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
Published August 24, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014

Average SAT Scores By Family Income Graph

Unsurprisingly, there is a positive correlation between a family’s income and how well their child does on the SAT. While SAT and related test scores aren’t the sole determinants of an applicant’s admission to a university, the fact that one can predict with a fair degree of accuracy how well (or poorly) a student will do on a standardized test if provided with his or her family’s tax returns is fairly disconcerting in a country that considers itself to be an exemplar when it comes to equal opportunity.

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