Students who plan on majoring in multi/interdisciplinary studies tend to do better on the SAT than those who major in engineering or maths, according to the College Board’s 2014 SAT Report on College and Career Readiness.
Multi/interdisciplinary courses typically combine two or more academic disciplines, such as economics and history, in the study of a particular subject.
College Board took students’ SAT scores and compiled them into a table showing how different prospective majors did on critical reading, writing, maths, and overall.
The results are not too different from the College Board’s 2013 report. Here we’ve ranked majors in order of highest combined, critical reading, maths, and writing scores, respectively.
While the SAT is not a perfect test, some notable trends emerge. Students planning to major in multi/interdisciplinary studies have the highest combined reading and writing scores, which makes sense as this major encompasses a wide array of talents.
Students with an interest in the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, etc.) had the second highest combined scores, which also makes sense as the physical sciences tends to be a highly demanding field that draws in some of the most disciplined students.
Here is a ranking by combined scores:
Now, a ranking of majors by critical reading score. Notably, physical sciences scored higher than humanities.
Next, a ranking of majors by maths scores. Unsurprisingly, prospective maths majors won this one.
Finally, a ranking of majors by writing score. Multi/interdisciplinary majors ranked the highest on this, too.
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