SAT reading scores hit the lowest level since 1972 and writing scores dropped as well, College Board reports. Math scores have improved.
Only 43 percent of 2012 graduates who took the SAT are prepared to succeed in college, estimates College Board. That is, 43 percent scored 1550 out of 2400, indicating a 65 percent likelihood of achieving a B- average or higher during the first year at a four-year college.
More students — including more from low-income, less-educated and immigrant families — are taking the SAT, which tends to push scores down.