03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Section Drops SAT Scores To Lowest In 31 Years...

The high school class of 2006, the first to take the new SAT that now includes a writing test, recorded the sharpest drop in SAT scores in 31 years.

The College Board, which owns the exam, released figures today showing overall combined scores for math dropped by two points to 518 and average critical reading scores fell by five points to 503. As for the new writing test, the average score was 497, with girls scoring an average of 11 points higher than boys.

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