Reversing the trend of the past four years, city high schoolers scored better than last year's test group on all three sections of the SAT this year. Out of a possible 800 in each section, test takers scored an average of 439 in reading, 462 in math and 434 in writing, and there has been an increase in participation among white, black, Hispanic and Asian students. However, most gains are attributed to white and Asian students and we're still under the national average (501 in reading, 516 in math and 492 in writing). Speaking of the SATs, we just wanted to use this post to finally have an opportunity to write "absquatulate" in a sentence.