Georgia SAT scores rise

Georgia’s Scholastic Aptitude Test score rose to 977 in 2012, a 5-point jump from 2011, according to results released today.

The state’s score rose even as the percentage of those taking the test rose.Typically, more test-takers means a lower overall average, but that’s not been the case in Georgia.

“I’m extremely pleased that SAT scores increased so much this year,” Georgia Superintendent John Barge said.

Including the writing portion of the test - which is administered but rarely considered by colleges and universities - Georgia students scored a 1452 out of a possible 2400, a 7-point increase from 2011.

The critical reading and math portions of the test are widely used by colleges and universities as they made admissions decisions. Georgia’s critical reading score rose to 488 from 485, and the math score rose from 489 from 487.

Georgia’s critical reading and math score of 977 was below the national score of 1010 on those portions of the test.

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