Over the last few years, SAT scores in California have been falling at a steady rate. The College Board says students who score 1,550 points or more on the SAT are ready to pursue higher education because they are likely to attain a mean grade of B- or higher during their first year in college. Only 41% of students in California achieved this benchmark, which means over half of the students who took the exam, are not college ready.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a key cog in the US education system that dates back to 1926 when its creators envisioned a test that could help maintain meritocracy and student parity across the board. However, a recent study shows that SAT scores in California have been falling since 2006 when the average score stood at 1,520 compared to an average score of 1,492 in 2015.This translates to a drop of about 28 points over the intervening period (2006 to 2015). Fortunately, research has shown that working with a qualified SAT tutor can help boost your SAT score significantly.

Challenges Facing California’s Education Sector

In 2015, 241,553 students in California took the SAT scoring an average of 1,492 points out of 2,400 points. In comparison, 1.7 million students took the same test nationally registering an average score of 1,490 points. While lower SAT scores would afford more students the opportunity to get into college, the falling scores are a sign of serious problems in the education sector.

Secondly, a breakdown of SAT scores by the College Board shows glaring ethnic disparities. For instance, 21.4% of African-Americans who took the test scored 1,550 points or more. Moreover, only 20.2% of Hispanic students achieved the same benchmark. Although the College Board did not publish SAT scores for other ethnic groups, one can make an educated guess based on the percentage of California students who scored 1,550 points or more (41%) that minority groups face difficulties qualifying for college.

How a Private SAT Tutor Can Help

A qualified and experienced tutor can assist students improve their SAT scores. According to Derek Briggs, a professor at the University of Colorado School of Education who has studied SAT preparation effects, SAT tutoring can help a student raise his/her test score by double figures. In fact, Briggs reckons tutoring can improve SAT scores on key sections such as math by 20 to 30 points. Even better, this improvement range is the average for all students, meaning an individual could register higher score bumps (more than 20 to 30 points) after undergoing SAT tutoring.


It is worth noting that many students fail the SAT simply because they are scared, tense and stressed. For this reason, Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, says that working with a tutor can help you relax and feel confident while taking the test. Finally, an SAT tutor can help students understand the SAT’s nuances such as penalties for skipping multiple-choice questions as well as the pros and cons of retaking the SAT.

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