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Burke students score better than state, national average on SAT

posted Oct 1, 2015, 4:47 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 4:47 AM ]

    The College Board has released test scores for the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) for the graduating class of 2015. Burke County students averaged an aggregate score of 1504 on the test, which is higher than state and national scores. The North Carolina 2015 student average is 1478 compared to a national average of 1490.  The scores represent the average of 12th grade students’ final SAT scores from 2015.

    The average SAT math score for Burke County students was 508.  Burke County students scored a 486 in reading and a 465 in the writing portion of the test.

    While all North Carolina high school students take the ACT test in 11th grade, students interested in attending a four-year college or university can opt to take the SAT as well. The national average of seniors who choose to take the SAT is 52 percent.   

    BCPS test highlights include: 

     Patton High School students saw their average scores rise by 93 points compared to 2014 results

     Draughn High School student scores increased by 98 points on average. 

     Overall, BCPS students improved by an average of 45 points.   

     Burke County had an increase in the percentage of students taking the SAT – 33.8 percent in 2014 compared to 34.1 percent in 2015.

     Burke Middle College, Patton and Draughn high schools have student average scores greater than the state and national averages.

    Colleges and universities use the SAT in the admission process as one of several factors to predict a student’s probable success. The test measures aptitude in verbal (critical reading), mathematics and writing on a scale that ranges from 200 to 800 points for each section. The highest possible score is 2400. 


Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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