Wisconsin SAT Scores Among Tops In Nation

Wisconsin students are among the top achievers in the nation on the S-A-T college entrance test.

Figures released show both math and verbal scores increased from the year before.

The state Department of Public Instruction says Wisconsin's 2005 graduates scored an average 1,191 points out of a possible 1,600. The national average is 1,028.

State students scored about five points better on the verbal part of the test compared to last year, and three points better on math.

Six percent of this year's Wisconsin graduates took the S-A-T, one of the lowest participation rates in the nation. That's about 4,200 students.

More Wisconsin students take the A-C-T college entrance exam, with 69% of seniors taking that test this year.

State students had an A-C-T composite score of 22.2 -- the same as the last five years. It was one-tenth of a point behind Minnesota among 25 states that use the A-C-T as the predominant college admission test.