One of the ironies of the conventional wisdom is that standardized testing is supposed to be biased against minorities, and yet white liberals tend to go nuts for the occasional Non-Asian Minority who has what it takes to score high on standardized tests.
For example, President Obama probably did score quite well on the LSAT.
Similarly, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the lyricist / composer / star of the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, about how the plutocratic Founding Father was, viewed from the proper perspective, an honorary nonwhite, scored three standard deviations above the Puerto Rican-American mean on the verbal portions of the SAT: 760, which is excellent. (As his witty hashtag notes, his 500 math score wasn’t as outstanding. I hope he has an honest accountant.)
Since Miranda took the SAT in the late 1990s (after SAT verbal scoring was made easier in 1995), the Verbal portion of the test has been split up among Critical Reading and Writing scores. From the College Board in 2013:
Miranda’s late 1990s verbal score of 760 would be 309.5 points higher than the average of the scores of 2013 Puerto Ricans (in America, not Puerto Rico) on Critical Reading (456) and Writing (445). The average of the standard deviations would be 102.5, or very close to 3 standard deviations.
That would put Miranda around the 99.7th percentile of Puerto Rican-Americans in verbal skills, which sounds about right. It’s not just that Miranda is verbally creative, but also that he enjoys reading high-brow source material.
Miranda based his musical on Ron Chernow’s massive 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton, which he took along on vacation for some beach reading. I wouldn’t be surprised if the composer and his father, a prominent NYC centrist Democratic political consultant, comprised a sizable percentage of all Puerto Ricans who viewed the latest Ron Chernow financier biography as beach reading.
But that’s not the point. The point is that if the residents of the Upper East Side turn out en masse at vast expense for Hamilton, that will conjure into existence lots more Puerto Ricans with 760 Verbal SAT scores and an appropriate appreciation for plutocracy.