SAT scores dip in California

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Really good at writing, not so great at math. That’s the snapshot of college-bound Californians who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

KPCC’s Alex Cohen has details on the latest SAT results.

On this year’s SAT exams did California’s high school seniors score:
A) somewhat better this year than the national average in the exam’s writing section
B) slightly worse on math and critical reading or
C) all of the above.

The answer is C – 800 is the perfect score for each portion of the SAT. Californian test takers scored an average 498 in writing, 500 in critical reading, and 513 in math.

State and national averages on the SAT showed small dips from last year. But officials of the College Board, the organization that runs the SAT, say that scores are basically unchanged.

That’s a good sign as increasing numbers of minority and lower-income students took the standardized exam. But gender, ethnic, and income gaps persist in the scores. Male test takers tended to score significantly higher in math while young women performed better in the writing section.

Asians and Pacific Islanders scored the highest national average for all three portions of the test. White test takers didn’t trail far behind.