SAT scores continue decline: 57% of incoming freshmen not ready for college

SAT scores continue decline: 57% of incoming freshmen not ready for college

[Ed. note: Send them anyway. Who knows, one of them could end up being elected president.]

The latest SAT test figures released today by the College Board suggest that most freshmen aren’t academically prepared for college.

High school seniors who graduated earlier this year generated the exact same scores as last year’s crop of test takers. The latest results continue a pattern of stagnating test scores that educators have lamented for years. The 2013 figures suggest that only 43 percent of SAT takers among this year’s freshmen are ready for the academic rigors of college studies.

The average high school senior earned a 496 on the critical reading portion of the test and a 514 on the math section (The highest score possible for each of these sections is 800). Students fared the worst in the writing section, with an average score of 488. While the average composite score of 1498 out of a possible 2400 is identical with last year’s result, it’s 20 points lower than in 2006, when the SAT writing section was introduced.

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