NC Seniors Score Slightly Higher On SAT Than Previous Class

Oct 7, 2014

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North Carolina’s average SAT score from high school seniors is slightly improving, but is below the national average.

The 2014 senior class posted an average score of 1483 on the SAT college admission test, up four points from last year’s. A perfect score is 2400, with the three sections on the test graded on a 200-800 point scale.

The average score is 14 points below the national average of 1497. North Carolina students did not perform as well as their national peers in writing and math.

  • North Carolina’s average math score was 507 versus the nation’s average of 513.
  • On the writing test, the average was 477, while the national average was 487.

But North Carolina students did score two points higher in critical reading than the national average of 497.

North Carolina has been considered an SAT state for years. But since 2012, all juniors have been required to take the ACT.

The College Board has also released scores from Advanced Placement exams. The percentage of students earning passing scores of 3, 4, or 5 rose by 5.3 percent. Also, the number of students choosing to take AP courses and exams rose by almost 12 percent.