Ivy League SAT Scores for Asians (Chinese+), Whites, and More

asian discrimination

According to the Harvard Crimson, the class of 2017 “…scored a 2237 on the SAT. Average standardized test scores varied by ethnicity…”

Varied by ethnicity???

Basically, if you were born Asian (i.e., in Hong Kong or in China), you are disadvantaged from birth.  Trying to enter one of the most prestigious universities is doubly challenging simply because you are Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any ethicity considered “Asian.”  This is unfortunate for several nationalities who are considered “Asian,” yet have significant socioeconomic difficulties.

Asian SAT Scores into Harvard

According to the same Crimson post, the average SAT score for an Asian was 2299.

Average White SAT Score Harvard

The average white person’s SAT score was 2233.  That’s a difference of 66 points.

In contrast with African Americans, the gap is even wider:

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However, the issue isn’t the difference between African Americans and Asians, but it is against other ethnicities that have not been historically repressed.  And more importantly, the primary issue is that specific ethnicities are treated differently simply because they are “different.”

Moreover, while it may not seem significant, as the Top Test Preparation Center in Hong Kong, we’ve seen many students score above 2000 and raising the score from 2200 to 2300 can be challenging without test prep.  Raising a score from 1500 to 1800 is a bit easier, but at the highest levels, the score improvements are incrementally more challenging.  

In July, the US Department of Education dismissed a complaint by an Asian group claiming that Harvard discriminated against the ethnicity.

In the lawsuit, SFFA cites a 2009 study by Princeton sociologists demonstrating that comparable applicants had to score more than a hundred points higher on the old SAT when they were Asian than when they were white. “Asian Americans needed SAT scores that were about 140 points higher than white students, all other quantifiable variables being equal, to get into elite schools. Thus, if a white student needed a 1320 SAT score to be admitted to one of these schools, an Asian American needed a 1460 SAT score to be admitted.”

So, as parents of Asian children, what do we do?

  1. We can continue to complain or file lawsuits.  It will probably continue.
  2. Realistically, we can overcome like many of our ancestors have and more importantly, what many of our current generation are simply doing.

These filings and potential lawsuits remind us frankly that it is incredibly important to do well on these standardized tests.

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