SAT Cutoff 2021

Updated by: Subhashri Roy on Sept. 29, 2021, 4:09 p.m.

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SAT Cutoff

While the College Board has not set any SAT Cutoff, candidates taking the exam are expected to score within a certain range in order to become eligible for undergraduate admissions in top universities abroad. While applying for admission, you must check the desirable score range set by the particular university/ college where you wish to send in your applications. Along with SAT scores, factors such as your academic background, extracurricular activities, interest and skills are also taken into consideration at the time of admission .

SAT scores are accepted by various universities and colleges in countries like the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, etc. Some of the leading SAT accepting universities include MIT, University of Massachusets, University of DaytonUniversity of Illinois and Texas A & M Corpus Christi.

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What is a Good SAT Score?

There is no specific answer to what a good SAT score is, as it differs between the college and course that you are applying to. However, candidates can refer to the College Board prediction to know the average score required to be accepted at different universities.


Average Score for Acceptance 

Composite Score (Without Essay)

Above 1400


Above 530 

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section

Above 500

Candidates who have an SAT Composite Score of above 1400 are ranked among the top five per cent of the test takers. To get admission at one of the leading universities in the world candidates should have a minimum of 1200 composite score in SAT.  The top institutes of the world like Harvard UniversityYale University, MITUniversity of Pennsylvania accept a SAT score of 1500, scoring above 680 in maths while scoring above 600 in the reading and writing section. 

Candidates must note a good SAT score does not guarantee admission at a university. They must have a good academic background and meet the course-specific requirements of the university to be considered for admission.

Also Read: Popular USA Universities Accepting SAT Scores Between 1200-1340

SAT Cutoff of US Universities Accepting Score for 2021-2022 Admissions

Refer to the following table to know the SAT cutoff of US Universities/ Colleges accepting scores for 2021-2022 admissions:

  Universities/ Colleges

SAT Cutoff 

Florida State University 

Composite SAT Score Range: 1250-1400*

University of Central Florida

Average SAT Composite Score: 1320* 

Georgia Institute of Technology 

Composite SAT Score Range: 1390- 1460*

University of Florida

Composite SAT Score Range: 1330-1470*

University of Georgia

SAT- (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing EBRW): 480*

SAT-Math: 440*

Carnegie Mellon University Average SAT Composite Score: 1510
Duke University Average SAT Composite Score: 1510
University at Buffalo Average SAT Composite Score: 1245
Cleveland State University Average SAT Composite Score: 1100
Stevens Institute of Technology Composite SAT Score Range: 1330-1480
Michigan State University Composite SAT Score Range: 1110-1280
University of Texas at Arlington Composite SAT Score Range: 1040-1250

Also Read: Popular USA Universities Accepting SAT Score Above 1340

List of Universities that Don't Require SAT Scores in 2021-22

In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of US universities and colleges have either gone test-optional, test-flexible or test-blind. Test-optional colleges are those that accept but don't require SAT scores, while test-flexible colleges let applicants provide scores of other tests such as AP scores, IB grades or other standardised/placement tests. Lastly, test-blind colleges are those that do not consider SAT scores even if they are submitted.

Here is a list of some of the popular US universities and colleges that no longer require SAT scores for international admissions in 2021-22 & 2022-23:

Name of University Details
Adelphi University Test-Optional for 2022
American University Test-Optional permanently
Arizona State University Test-Optional permanently
Baylor University Test-Optional for 2022, 2023
Boston University Test-Optional for 2022
Brown University Test-Optional for 2022
California Institute of Technology Test-Blind for 2022
Case Western Reserve University Test-Optional for 2022, 2023
Cornell University Test-Optional for 2022
DePaul University Test-Optional permanently
George Washington University Test-Optional permanently
Hofstra University Test-Optional permanently
Michigan State University Test-Optional permanently
New York Institute of Technology Test-Optional permanently
Northwestern University Test-Optional for 2022

Also Read: Why Many US Universities Are No Longer Considering SAT/ACT Scores as an Admission Requirement

Is SAT Score Necessary for College Admissions Abroad?

In general, SAT scores are widely-accepted for admissions to universities not only in the US but across the world. However, SAT scores are only one part of your college application and components such as your GPA, participation in extra-curricular activities, community events, leaderships skills, Statement of Purpose (SOP), letters of recommendation are also considered to assess your application.

Moreover, with a growing number of US universities and colleges no longer requring SAT scores for admissions, submitting SAT scores has become only a choice. Having said that, taking the SAT and submitting your scores to even test-optional colleges will only increase your chances of getting into your top-choice college. In fact, performing well on the SAT enhances your application especially if you have low GPAs.

Also Read: Popular Universities in the US Accepting Applications Without SAT Scores

FAQs on SAT Cutoff

1. What is SAT Cutoff? 

SAT Cutoff is the minimum marks required in an SAT test for admissions at different universities abroad.

2. What is the minimum SAT score required for admissions at abroad universities?

Each university sets its own minimum SAT score requirement for the purpose of undergraduate admissions. 

3. What is the average SAT Score for acceptance at abroad institutes? 

Usually, the SAT Composite Score should be above 1400 for admissions at a good university or college abroad. 

4. What is the average SAT Math score required to be accepted at a university abroad? 

On average, the SAT Math Score should be above 530 for admissions at a good abroad institute. 

5. What is the maximum mark that can be a score in an SAT test? 

The maximum mark you can score on the SAT is 1600 points. 800 in each section  Math, and Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing.

6. What is the minimum SAT passing mark?  

The minimum passing mark on the SAT is 400.

7. What is a good SAT score?    

There is no one good SAT score as it depends on the college you are applying to. So, if your SAT score meets the college's requirements, your SAT score should be good enough. 

8. Should I submit my score to a test-optional college?    

It is totally on you since a test-optional college allows a student to decide whether or not they want to submit their SAT scores. Most test-optional colleges will consider your SAT scores if you submit them.

9. Should I submit my score to a test-flexible or test-blind college?    

While a test-flexible college allows students to submit scores of other tests, test-blind colleges do not consider SAT scores even if you submit them. So, submitting your SAT scores to a test-optional would not help you get into the school.

10. Is 1550 a good SAT score for Ivy League schools?  

Yes, 1550 on the SAT is a pretty good score for any of the Ivy League schools such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, etc.

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