When looking at Ivy League schools and what SAT scores you need to get in, don’t worry; you don’t have to have a perfect score to gain entry. But it’s going to need to be strong.
For the purposes of this post, we are going to break down scores across the Ivy League via the middle 50 percentiles. These scores reflect what students enrolled scored in the bottom 25% of SAT test takers and the top 25% of test takers in a given year.
What these scores mean for you is that as long as your individual and composite scores fall in between the ranges presented here, you have a chance of getting into an Ivy League school. It may not be perfect, but your score will at least be an asset and not a liability.
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Ivy League SAT Scores Comparison
Here then are the middle 50 percentiles for you to compare Ivy League SAT Scores:
|School||Reading (25%/75%)||Math (25%/75%)||Composite (25%/75%)||Comp. Point Difference|
|Brown University||705 / 780||700 / 790||1405 / 1570||165|
|Columbia University||700 / 780||710 / 790||1410 / 1570||160|
|Cornell University||690 / 760||700 / 790||1390 / 1550||160|
|Dartmouth College||710 / 770||720 / 790||1430 / 1560||130|
|Harvard University||730 / 790||730 / 800||1460 / 1590||130|
|Princeton University||710 / 780||720 / 790||1430 / 1570||140|
|University of Pennsylvania||700 / 770||720 / 790||1420 / 1560||140|
|Yale University||730 / 780||730 / 800||1460 / 1580||120|
A Few Points To Notice
There are a few simple but noteworthy trends to be aware of when looking at these numbers.
Amongst the list, Brown appears to have to widest range available between the 25th and 75th percentiles at 165 points. What this means for you is more room to score well between those two extremes and increase your chances for admission.
In general though, the wider the range of points between percentiles, the more wiggle room available. This is not to say these schools are any less competitive than each other regarding acceptance rate, that’s an entirely different discussion, which we’ll broach later.
The point difference between most schools hovers between 40 or so; at the “easier” end of the scale again you have Brown with a 165 point difference between the 25th and 75th percentile composite scores. Close to half of the Ivy League falls within this point differential.
The next tier (including schools like Harvard and Princeton) tend to hover around 130-140 points. Again, that tightening is noticeable but still leaves you room to improve your score. Perhaps the hardest needle to thread here regarding SAT scores is Yale.
With only 120 points separating the bottom 25% and top 25% of enrolled students’ score, the margin separating those students who had an easier time getting in versus those with the presumably toughest time is very thin. What that means for you point-wise is that you should try to shoot for at least 1500 out of 1600 on the SAT. Not an easy task but not impossible either.
Don’t Forget About Acceptance Rates
Remember though, even if a school boasts high SAT average scores amongst its student body that alone doesn’t signify its competitiveness.
Competitiveness is more accurately illustrated by a given institution’s acceptance rate – the ratio of applicants versus open spots in a given class. The more students apply for increasingly limited spots per class, the lower a school’s acceptance rate will be. That, in a nutshell, is the biggest variable to examine when assessing a school’s competitiveness.
Many of the schools listed here are among the nation’s most competitive, some with acceptance rates below 10%. However, this list does not comprise every single school with low acceptance rates, so remember, a high SAT composite score does not automatically guarantee admission.
For more information on acceptance rates, we have a wide variety of posts available on the blog now detailing different college and university acceptance rates. Simple type in a school in the search box followed by ‘acceptance rate’, chances are good we have that information for you.
How Prep Expert Can Help Your SAT Score
Now that we’ve looked at how the SAT breaks down across the Ivy League, let’s discuss how we can help you get one of those scores yourself.
Again, remember that you don’t HAVE to score a perfect 1600 on the SAT to get into an Ivy League school. All you need to do is see how high of a score you need for a particular school and make that your target. That’s it.
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