The Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, numbers show this year’s Missouri high school seniors have improved from last year and continue to run above the national average. The SAT is the second of the college-entrance exams Missouir high school students take. But it’s far less popular. Only seven percent of Missour’s seniors take it. Far more take the ACT. The State Education Department’s Jim Morris thinks the results from the two tests reflect well on Missouir’s students. Missouri’s students increased their point totals by three points on the math section of the SAT and one point on the verbal section. The national average did not change in the verbal tests – it went up only two points in math. Morris thinks few Missouri students take the SAT because few colleges and unviersities in this part of the nation rquire it. He says colleges in the east, especially the Ivy League schools, use the SAT, not the ACT, but most Missouri students don’t go to school in those areas.
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