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Published September 13, 2010, 07:30 PM

MN, ND SAT Scores Far Outpace National Average

SAT scores in North Dakota and Minnesota beat national averages

(AP) - The average SAT score of North Dakota and Minnesota high school students who graduated this year was well above the national

average. Figures were released Monday by the College Board, which

administers the SAT.

The North Dakota high school class of 2010 had an average SAT

score of 580 out of a possible 800 points on the critical reading

section, compared with the national average of 501, and an average

score of 594 in the math section, compared with the national

average of 516. In the writing section, the North Dakota average of

559 bested the national figure of 492.

The Minnesota Department of Education reports the public high school class of 2010 had average scores of 605 on reading, 613 in math and 586 in writing.

Only 265 graduating North Dakota seniors took the SAT, or 4

percent. In Minnesota, less than 5 percent took the test.

Another college entrance exam, the ACT, is much more

popular in both states.

The Minnesota Department of Education also reported Monday that for the fifth consecutive year the number and performance of students taking Advanced Placement tests increased.

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