Coloradans top U.S. average on SATs
August 29, 2007
DENVER ” Colorado students who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test this year did better on average than students nationwide, although most of the state’s students took a different test.
The average Colorado score on the math section of the SAT was 565, compared with 515 nationally, according to the College Board, the nonprofit association that manages the test.
On the critical reading section, the average Colorado score was 560, compared with 502 nationally.
Colorado Assistant Education Commissioner Jo O’Brien said students who take the SAT generally lean toward schools in the eastern part of the country, where the exam is favored as an admissions guide.
Colorado colleges and universities tend to use the American College Test when considering applications.
The ACT is mandatory for Colorado 11th-graders and is paid for by the state. Students who take the SAT must foot the bill.