August 31, 2005
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Beverly Friedman
Public Information Officer


Education Secretary Reports that New Mexico Students Score Higher Than National Peers on SAT Exams


SANTA FE New Mexico ’s college-bound students scored higher in 2005 than their national peers on the SAT® I (Scholastic Assessment Test), a major college entrance examination measuring verbal and math reasoning skills.

New Mexico students averaged a score of 558 on the verbal portion of the test and 547 on the math portion, compared with national averages of 508 on the verbal and 520 on the math.


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“The growth in the 2005 SAT New Mexico scores is extremely encouraging. Students are scoring well above the national mean scores in verbal and math. We must continue this momentum. However, it is evident that more students should participate in the SAT program. I also want students to contact their school guidance counselors for more information about the fee waivers for these tests,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garcia.

The College Board reported that 2,536 exams were taken by New Mexico students, representing a 7.4% decrease as compared to 2004, but 440 Hispanic students took an exam, which is an 10.3% increase over 2004.

The percent of New Mexico test takers who labeled themselves as first generation college bound was 22% in 2005, as compared to 23% in 2004 and 22% in 2001.

The three colleges/universities that received the most SAT scores from New Mexico test takers were University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

In 2005, the average exam score for students who indicated that they had previously taken the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT/NMSQT) was 574 in Verbal and 561 in Math. For those who indicated they had never taken the PSAT/NMSQT, their average score was 511 in Verbal and 501 in Math.