Illinois students earned an average cumulative score of 1,182, out of a possible 1,600 on the test. Nationally, the average score is 1,026.
In Illinois, scores on the verbal section of the test rose two points to 585, while math scores were up one point to 597.
SAT scores are used in the admissions process at about 80 percent of the nation's colleges and universities without open admissions policies. However, many colleges also accept results from the ACT exam.