College Preparation

Access to and Performance on Advance Placement (AP) Tests:

Note: Data for 2013 taken from the College Board’s “AP Report to the Nation, 2014.”  A “3” is considered a “passing” grade.

Percent of the Class of 2013 who took an AP exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 31.7% 
  • 19th in the country
  • national average: 33.2%

Percent of Class of 2013 scoring a 3 or better on an AP test during high school:

  • New Jersey: 23.6% 
  • 10th in the country
  • national average: 20.1%

Percent of the Class of 2013 who took an AP math exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 13%

Percent of Class of 2013 scoring a 3 or better on an AP math exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 9.6%

Percent of the Class of 2013 who took an AP science exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 13.9%

Percent of Class of 2013 scoring a 3 or better on an AP science exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 9.3%

Performance on ACT College Admissions Test:

Note: Data taken from ACT’s “The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2015.” ACT has College Readiness Benchmarks (CRB) for the major subject areas.

Percentage of students meeting CRB in English:

  • New Jersey: 78%
    • white: 86%
    • African American: 42%
    • Hispanic: 60%
  • national average: 64%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in math:

  • New Jersey: 63%
    • white:70%
    • African American: 25%
    • Hispanic: 44%
  • national average: 42%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in reading:

  • New Jersey: 59%
    • white:66%
    • African American: 24%
    • Hispanic: 41%
  • national average: 46%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in science:

  • New Jersey: 52%
    • white:59%
    • African American: 17%
    • Hispanic: 32%
  • national average: 38%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in all four core subjects:

  • New Jersey: 42%
    • white:48%
    • African American: 11%
    • Hispanic: 24%
  • national average: 28%

Performance on SAT Tests:

Note: Data taken from the College Board’s “2014 College-Bound Seniors, State Profile Report, New Jersey.”   Tests are scored on a scale from 200-800.  Hispanic score is the weighted average of the three Hispanic subgroups measured by the College Board.

Average score for critical reading:

  • New Jersey: 501
    • white: 525
    • black: 425
    • Hispanic: 444
  • national average: 497

Average score for math:

  • New Jersey: 523
    • white:  545
    • black: 435
    • Hispanic: 464
  • national average: 513

Average score for writing:

  • New Jersey: 502
    • white:  525
    • black: 422
    • Hispanic: 442
  • national average: 487

Average performance of the top tier (75th percentile):

  • Critical reading:
    • New Jersey: 580
    • national: 570
  • Math:
    • New Jersey: 610
    • national: 600
  • Writing:
    • New Jersey: 580
    • national: 560

Average score by type of high school in critical reading:

  • All New Jersey schools:  501
    • Public: 496
    • Religiously affiliated: 525
    • Independent: 585
  • national average: 497

Average score by type of high school in math:

  • All New Jersey schools:  523
    • Public: 521
    • Religiously affiliated: 530
    • Independent: 595
  • national average: 513

Average score by type of high school in writing:

  • All New Jersey schools:  502
    • Public: 497
    • Religiously affiliated: 526
    • Independent: 586
  • national average: 487