By Tessa Berenson
September 3, 2015

The average SAT score for students is at its lowest point since the test was redesigned ten years ago.

The average score for the class of 2015 was 1490 out of 2400, the Washington Post reports. That total is down about seven points from the previous year, and includes declines across all sections of the test.

Certain demographics fared better than others. Almost 42 percent of the students who took the SAT, which includes some students overseas, got a score of 1550 or higher. But only 23 percent of Hispanic students did, and 16 percent of African Americans.

“Simply doing the same things we have been doing is not going to improve these numbers,” Cyndie Schmeiser, chief of assessment for the College Board, said. “This is a call to action to do something different to propel more students to readiness.

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