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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah high school students scored significantly higher than their national counterparts on their SAT college entrance exam.
Yesterday the College Board released data showing Utah students scored an average of 566 on the verbal and 557 on the math portion of the SAT. That's compared to the national averages of 508 and 520.
Utah has been riding above national scores on the SAT for more than ten years. However, State Office of Education spokesman Mark Peterson says only seven percent of Utah students took the SAT last year. While, East Coast states have participation rates in the 80 and 90 percentiles.
Peterson says most of the students who take it are our cream-of-the-crop kids who are trying to get into schools like Harvard.
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