Report: Fewer Than Half of Students Are College Ready

Fifth year in a row in which fewer than half of students taking the test have scored at least 1550 out of 2400

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Only 43 percent of the country’s 1.6 million high school seniors who have taken the SATs are sufficiently prepared for college, according a new¬†report out Thursday.

The report by the College Board, which administers the SATs, noted that it’s the fifth year in a row in which fewer than half of students taking the test have scored at least 1550 out of 2400, the benchmark for being “college-ready.”

A score of 1550 or higher indicates that a student will likely earn at least a B-minus average in his or her freshman year and finish a four-year college degree, according to the report. Students who complete a core curriculum and take higher-level courses are more likely to perform better on the test.

More minority students took the test than ever before, and minority students scored marginally higher than in past years.