SAT scores in North Carolina slightly higher than in 2013, slightly below national average

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Average scores for public school seniors taking the SAT rose two points in 2014, but their overall scores were slightly below the national average.

A statement from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday said the state's critical reading score of 499 surpassed the nation's reading score of 497. North Carolina seniors averaged 507 in math, compared to 513 nationwide. On the writing test, North Carolina's average was 477 versus the national average of 487.

The combined average score for North Carolina public school students is 1,468, compared to the national score of 1,471.

According to the department, the number of public school students in the state taking the SAT dropped slightly, to 57,997. Figures showed 64 percent of high school seniors took the exam statewide.

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