Forty-three percent of SAT takers in the class of 2014 are prepared for college, reports College Board. The average SAT score was 1497 out of 2400, down a point from the year before. A combined score of 1550 predicts success in college classes.
Only students aspiring to selective colleges take the SAT. College readiness rates are even lower — 26 percent — on the ACT, which includes some students required by their states to take the exam.
Family income correlates with SAT scores, notes the Wall Street Journal.