In Oregon, 18,377 students took the SAT in 2008, representing 53 percent of the state's 2008 graduates.
Throughout the country, 1.52 million students took the test, which is a slight increase from last year but a jump of nearly 30 percent over the past decade.
For a second straight year, SAT scores for the most recent high school graduating class remained at the lowest level in nearly a decade, a trend attributed to a record number of students now taking the test.
Nationally, males on average scored four points higher than females on the reading section (504 vs. 500) and 33 points higher on the math test (533 vs. 500), but females on average outscored their counterparts on the writing test, 501 to 488.
Students from minority groups made up 40 percent of SAT test takers this year, up from 33 percent in 1998.
U.S. colleges seem to be moving away from standardized tests. Nearly 800 colleges now consider the SAT optional for admission consideration. However, it has primarily been smaller colleges who may be more able than large universities to conduct personal evaluations of prospective students.
In June, though, Wake Forest University (North Carolina) announced it would not require SATs, and Wake Forest is ranked 28 in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of national colleges.
Results of a competing test, the ACT, released earlier this month, showed a slight decrease for the class of 2008 - 21.1 compared to 21.2 a year ago, on a scale of 1 to 36. With 1.42 million test-takers, ACT lags behind SAT, but is growing at a faster rate.
Oregon’s math score of 527 was one point higher than last year and higher than the national average of 515. Oregon’s critical reading score of 523 was one point higher than last year, and higher than the national average of 502. Oregon's reading and math scores continue to be the second highest highest in the United States for states where more than 50% of graduates take the SAT exam.
SAT scores for individual schools are reported as part of the school report cards, released by the Oregon Department of Education in October.