About the Data

With College Board Search you can perform searches and gather information using data on three groups: students, high schools and colleges.

Student Data

Data is collected on students who take one or more College Board assessments during high school. These exams include the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and AP Exams. Student data collection forms are available in the Important Documents section in Support (you must be logged in to access Important Documents).

A student record remains available to license until one year after the student’s class graduates from high school. However, it’s available for research purposes for four additional years. Performance, address and descriptive information is added and updated each time the student takes another exam or updates their information, maintaining a single record to search against. 

Most of the data — high school academic performance and descriptive data, in particular — is self-reported when students register for or take an exam. The questions students are asked differ by exam. View the Student Data by Exam table.

High School Data

The high school data is compiled using information collected by the College Board and directory-information providers such as state agencies and MDR. Although the data is updated at least annually, most of the information is self-reported by schools and districts, and is only as current as their reporting.

High School Projections — geomarket-level forecasts of senior-class size and graduating-class size for public high schools — are not based on this data. They’re based on calculations involving data from two sources: the National Center for Education Statistics for senior-class estimates and, for graduating-class estimates, a report published by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education with support from the College Board.

College Data

The data on colleges is drawn from the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges (ASC), which collects information directly from accredited two- and four-year colleges.