SAT scores dip for class of 2009

August 25, 2009 8:10:03 AM PDT
The high school class of 2009 scored slightly lower than its predecessor on the SAT college entrance exam. The results are out this morning from the College Board, which runs the exam.

More than 1.5 million members of the class of 2009 took the SAT, which is the most widely used college entrance exam.

The average SAT score dipped from 502 last year to 501 on the reading section of the test. Math scores held steady at 515, and writing fell from 494 to 493. Each section has a top score of 800.

The College Board said it was the most diverse pool of test-takers ever. Forty percent were minorities and more than one-third reported their parents never attended college. More than a quarter reported English was not their first language at home.


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