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WV High School Graduates Register One-point Improvement on College Entrance Exam

August 29, 2001

Average scores for West Virginia’s 2001 graduating seniors were up one point over last year on the SAT college entrance exam released today by the College Board.  

West Virginia graduates scored 527 on the verbal portion of the test and 512 on the mathematics portion. National average scores were 506 and 514 in verbal and math, respectively. “While West Virginia is two points off the national average in the math section, we are pleased that the verbal scores best the nation by 21 points,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “As West Virginia has continued to raise its academic standards, many students are taking more rigorous and more demanding courses which better prepare them for college success.”  

While the actual number of test takers was down slightly from last year, the state participation rate increased to 18%, placing West Virginia 30th of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

The College Board reported the following profile of West Virginia test takers:  

•This year there were more female SAT test takers (1,951 or 56%) than male test takers (1,558 or 44%).  

•The self-reported ethnic background of West Virginia test takers were: 82% White; 3% Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander; 3% African American or Black; 1% American Indian or Alaskan Native; and 1% Hispanic or Latino. (Many did not report ethnic background or listed “other.”)  

•The three public colleges/universities receiving the highest number of SAT scores from West Virginia test takers were: West Virginia University, Marshall University and Virginia Tech.  

•The three private colleges/universities receiving the highest number of SAT scores from West Virginia test takers were: West Virginia Wesleyan, Wheeling Jesuit University and Duke University.  

•The three most popular intended majors of West Virginia test takers were: Health Professions and Allied Services, Social Sciences and History, and Business and Commerce.  

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