The average SAT score in the Wake County school system went up this past school year although a lower percentage of seniors are taking the college admissions exam.
New results released today show that Wake's combined math and critical reading SAT score was 1,070 - up six points from the 2012-13 school year. Including the essay portion, Wake's average score was 1,577 - up five points from the previous school year.
Wake still ranks well above the state and national averages. The combined average score on math and critical reading was 1,010 nationally and 1,006 in North Carolina. Including the essay, the combined average score was 1,497 nationally and 1,483 in the state.
In terms of participation, 65.1 percent of Wake seniors took the exam. That compares to 69 percent in 2013 and 74.4 percent in 2012. The participation rate has been dropping since North Carolina began giving for free the rival ACT exam to high school juniors.
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