Interested in SAT score changes at Williams over the last 15 years? Me too! Alas, the College does not make it easy to study these things since they deleted the old Common Data Sets. Fortunately, I saved this link from 1998-1999 (although the link does not work):

C9. Percent
and number of first-time, first-year students enrolled in fall 1998 who
submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores. Does not include
partial test scores. SAt scores are recentered.

Percent
submitting SAT scores:
99%

Number submitting
SAT scores:
529

Percent
submitting ACT scores:
15%

Number submitting
ACT scores:
80

 
25th percentile
75th percentilee
SAT I Verbal
650

760

SAT I Math
650

740

ACT Composite
29

32

ACT English
   
ACT Math
   

Percent
of first-time, first-year students with scores in each range

 
SAT I Verbal
SAT I Math
700-800
59%

52%

600-699
32%

39%

500-599
8%

8%

400-499
1%

1%

300-399
0%

0%

200-299
0%
0%

Here is the Fall 2014 data from IPEDS:

ipeds

By the way, does anyone know how to get time series data out of IPEDS?

And here is a relevant table from the 2015-2016 Common Data Set (pdf):sat

1) I apologize that this is such a mish-mash.

2) It is not clear how comparable these numbers are over time. First, the rise of score choice and/or super scoring has made it easier (and more common) for students to take a test multiple times and only report the best results. Second, students are now more likely to take both the SAT and the ACT and either only report one. (Or, they report both and the College only uses the better in its own reporting.) But ignore those complications for now.

3) Scores have increased meaningfully over the last 15 years. But, given 2), I can’t say whether or not this is because the students have gotten smarter. Opinions from readers?

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