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Music Students Outperform on SATs

posted Jan 22, 2011, 1:13 PM by Eric Drew   [ updated Jun 15, 2011, 5:52 AM ]
“Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board. In 2005, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 56 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 39 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. Scores for those with coursework in music appreciation were 60 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math portion. 

“Data for these reports were gathered by the Student Descriptive Questionnaire, a self-reported component of the SAT that gathers information about students' academic preparation.”

The College Board, Profile of College-Bound Seniors National Report for 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.