Reading Section SAT Scores Lowest in Fifty Years

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Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 were the lowest in four-decades, according to The Washington Post. The reading section, comprised of several fiction and non-fiction selections, requires students to answer questions about sentence and paragraph structure, vocabulary and themes. Analysts speculate the low scores are the result of the large number of students taking the test — 57 percent did not score high enough to indicate that they would be successful in college. “When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing,” College Board President Gaston Caperton said in response to the decline in scores.

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