NC SAT scores rise as fewer take the exam

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RALEIGH, N.C. — SAT scores for North Carolina high school seniors rose this year, coinciding with a drop in the number of students taking the test now that the state is mandating the rival ACT college admissions exam, The News and Observer reports.

Figures released Thursday show that the combined critical reading and math score for North Carolina students averaged 1,001 this year, a four-point increase from last year.

The national average score is 1,010 out of a possible 1,600.

According to the paper, including the writing portion of the test, the combined average score for North Carolina seniors this year was 1,479, up 10 points from last year.
 

Nationally, the score remained 1,498 out of a possible 2,400 for the combined reading, math and writing components.

Gains and drops in the SAT score have mirrored how many students take the exam. This year was no different as the state saw an 8.2 percent drop in the number of seniors taking the SAT.

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