PWCS SAT scores surpass overall global score
Posted on 09/24/2021
PWCS SAT scores

The College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score reports recently released indicate that Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) students continue to excel. The PWCS overall mean score is 1097, which is 37 points higher than the overall global score, or performance worldwide. In addition, the percentage of PWCS students meeting all of the college readiness benchmarks established by the College Board exceeds performance globally.

PWCS Highlights:

  • 2,756 PWCS 2021 graduating seniors took the SAT (down from 3,618 in 2020)
  • 52% met or exceeded college-readiness benchmarks in both reading/writing and mathematics
    • 70% of Asian students, 65% of White students, 35% of Black students, and 41% of Hispanic students
  • 81% met or exceeded college-readiness benchmarks in reading/writing.
    • 86% of Asian students, 91% of White students, 71% of Black students, 76% of Hispanic students
  • 64% met or exceeded college-readiness benchmarks in mathematics.
    • 73% of Asian students, 66% of White students, 35% of Black students, 43% of Hispanic students

2021 PWCS, Virginia, and Global Mean SAT Scores
Group PWCS Overall VA Overall Global Overall PWCS ERW VA ERW Global ERW PWCS Math VA Math Global Math
All Students 1097 1151 1060 559 584 533 538 567 528
Asian 1176  1264 1239 584 620 597 592 644 642
Black 1025 1009 934 527 517 477 498 492 457
Hispanic 1046  1088 967 533 554 490 513 534 477
Two or More Races 1106 1157 1116 567 590 565 539 567 551
White 1148  1172 1112 585 597 562 563 574 550

NOTE: ERW stands for English reading and writing

SAT participation was lower than in previous years, due to the pandemic and resulting testing cancellations and concerns with in-person testing. The College Board reported a 31.4% drop in SAT participation globally, with a 33.4% drop in Virginia. PWCS experienced a 23.8% drop in participation.