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National SAT scores hold steady; New Jersey pulls ahead

National scores on the SAT college entrance exam held steady for the third-year in a row. African American students made slight gains; New Jersey scores improved, surpassing the national average.


National SAT scores remained mostly stagnant for third year in a row. Students in New Jersey performed better than previous years and surpassed the national average scores.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor

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Scores on the SAT college entrance exam were largely stagnant for a third year, although African-American students made slight gains, the College Board said Thursday.

Average scores in reading, math, and writing were the same in 2012 and 2013.

Students scored an average 496 in reading, down one point from 2011. Average math scores have remained stuck at 514 over the last three years. And the average writing score, 488, was down one point from 2011.


The top score possible on each section is 800 and the highest possible score is 2400. A perfect score was achieved in 2013 by 494 people — less than a third of 1 percent of all test takers, according to the College Board, a nonprofit membership organization of schools and colleges that owns the exam.


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