WV Students Score Above National Average on SAT

Posted: August 27, 2003
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Average SAT scores for West Virginia’s 2003 graduating seniors are above the national average in the verbal area of SAT I according to data released this week by the College Board.  

West Virginia graduates scored 522 on the verbal portion of the test while the national average score was 507.  

West Virginia graduating seniors scored 510 on the math portion of the SAT compared to a national average of 519. “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,” said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. “However, the most current SAT data also reiterates our state’s need for an increased focus on mathematics.”  

The state participation rate increased from 18% (3,754) last year to 20%, with 3,975 seniors taking the SAT in the Class of 2003.  

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

•This year there were 2,176 female SAT test takers and male test takers at 1, 799.  

•The self-reported ethnic background of West Virginia test takers indicate 64% of total 2003 test takers were White; 10% Asian, 10% Asian American, 12% African American or Black; 1% American Indian and 10% Hispanic.  

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

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

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

For more information regarding the 2003 SAT scores, contact Dr. Jan Barth at the West Virginia Department of Education at 304-558-2651.  

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