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SD Students Do Well On SATs

August 27, 2009, 8:31 AM by Katie Janssen

South Dakota's newest high school graduates scored above the national average on the SAT test, particularly in math and reading.

It's one of several tests students take to get into college, and this year, South Dakota students scored well on the SATs.

"Originally I had taken the PSAT's to qualify for national merit. One requirement was to take the SAT so I just decided to take it,"Sioux Falls Lincoln senior Frank Liang said.

Last year's graduates scored 589 in reading, compared with the national mean score of 501. In math, South Dakota students averaged 600, compared with 515. And in writing, the statewide average was 569, over the national score of 493.

Most South Dakota students take the ACT rather than the SAT, but students we talked with say they took it because schools across the country look at different criteria.

"Because I don't know exactly what college I want to look at, there may be some on the east coast or some places might prefer the SAT so I thought I'd just take that," Dylan Powell, also a senior at Sioux Falls Lincoln, said.

Students say the test wasn't any more difficult than they thought it would be, but the experience will help them in whatever they decide to do after high school.

South Dakota's scores were about the same as last year's.

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