05/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What Is A Good SAT Score?

So, you just received your SAT or ACT scores and you're not sure whether you should crack open that '72 sparkling cider or immediately register for the next test date. Well, it all depends on the colleges you are considering. A 23 on the ACT or a 1800 on the SAT may be above average at one university but below average at another. The higher your score, the more options are open to you.

The Higher, the Better

The national average for the new SAT is 1500. For the ACT, it's between 20 and 21. If you are close to these averages you will likely be accepted into a considerable number of colleges and universities (as long as you have decent grades), but may not be considered at more selective schools. Above average SAT/ACT scores will improve your chances of getting into a more selective school.

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