In 2012, 217,656 African-American high school seniors took the SAT college entrance examination. They represented 13 percent of all SAT test takers in the Class of 2012.
The mean score for Blacks on the combined critical reading and mathematical portions of the SAT was 856. This was a one-point increase from a year ago.
The mean score for Whites on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT was 1063, 207 points higher than the mean score for Blacks. This is slight decrease of one point from the 2011 scores. However, since 2006 the racial gap on the critical reading and mathematics sections of the SAT has increased by seven points.
The long-term trend in the racial scoring gap on the SAT also is not encouraging. Since 1988, the racial gap on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT has increased from 189 points to 207 points.