Fairfax County SAT Scores Continue to Surpass State and Global Averages

News
October 05, 2022

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) seniors in the class of 2022 continued to perform well above state and global averages on the SAT, according to results released by the College Board. The FCPS total mean score of 1185 surpassed both the state average (1124) and the global average (1050) for the class of 2022.

Likewise, FCPS Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (593) and Mathematics (592) subtest scores posted above the state and global averages for students overall and each reporting group, as shown in the table below. 

2022 Fairfax, Virginia, and U.S. Public School Mean SAT Scores*

Reporting Group

Fairfax Total

Virginia Total

Global Total

Fairfax Reading/ Writing

Virginia Reading/ Writing

Global Reading/ Writing

Fairfax Math

Virginia Math

Global Math

All

1185

1124

1050

593

572

529

592

552

521

Asian

1282

1248

1229

625

614

596

656

634

633

Black

1043

981

926

530

504

474

513

477

452

Hispanic

1076

1062

964

542

542

491

533

520

473

Multiple Races

1202

1135

1102

605

580

559

598

556

543

White

1209

1148

1098

611

588

556

598

560

543

* Only the most recent results from the revised (2016) SAT assessment are considered. All score calculations are based on College Board public reporting, as of September 28, 2022.

Despite strong outcomes for Fairfax seniors, five-year trends for mean SAT scores are down globally since 2018, a pattern consistent in Virginia and FCPS. FCPS did experience a rebound in participation rates to 66.5 percent of membership for the class of 2022. This represents a total of 9,880 participating students, which is 562 more than tested in the class of 2021. This increase was influenced by the decision to continue offering FCPS seniors free access to SAT School Day, together with fewer pandemic-related test cancellations over the past year.

Participation has yet to return to the five-year high of 69.2 percent in 2018. In addition to lingering impacts from pandemic testing constraints since 2020, FCPS participation rates reflect a developing nationwide movement to de-emphasize entrance exams within the college admissions process. 

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Note: For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571‑423-1200.

 

Fairfax County Five-Year Comparisons - Mean SAT Scores

Level/School

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Fairfax County

1212

1218

1211

1201

1185

Virginia

1110

1119

1116

1151

1124

Global

1049

1059

1051

1060

1050

Annandale High

1104

1107

1098

1064

1028

Centreville High

1189

1221

1207

1176

1169

Chantilly High

1233

1251

1247

1229

1230

Edison High

1119

1130

1133

1111

1099

Fairfax High

1192

1208

1216

1196

1181

Falls Church

1141

1161

1110

1121

1093

Hayfield Secondary

1113

1135

1106

1097

1081

Herndon High

1187

1178

1175

1139

1150

Justice High

1094

1084

1091

1102

1123

Lake Braddock Secondary

1210

1208

1201

1204

1217

Langley High

1314

1327

1305

1285

1302

Lewis High

1093

1097

1084

1050

1019

Madison High

1262

1274

1259

1230

1217

Marshall High

1237

1245

1249

1223

1194

McLean High

1308

1308

1297

1295

1277

Mount Vernon High

1040

1046

1040

1040

988

Oakton High

1265

1274

1279

1249

1242

Robinson Secondary

1210

1195

1194

1204

1187

South County High

1172

1186

1152

1152

1103

South Lakes High

1205

1193

1179

1163

1162

Thomas Jefferson (TJHSST)

1516

1529

1527

1531

1533

West Potomac High

1155

1128

1133

1113

1108

West Springfield High

1195

1201

1183

1167

1166

Westfield High

1195

1193

1169

1180

1144

Woodson High

1256

1257

1264

1253

1218