TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – Florida’s graduating seniors are not doing themselves any favors if they’re looking towards college.

According to the College Board, Florida’s average composite score on the SAT college entrance exam dropped by 26 points to 1,435. The College Board said scores dropped nationally, but Florida’s drop was much steeper than the national average.

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The latest numbers put Florida’s SAT scores at their lowest level in the last five years.

Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson agreed that Florida’s scores on the test had experienced a significant drop, but argued that 12,000 more students took the test this year.

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Robinson also said the number of high school students who earned college credit on Advanced Placement test jumped this year.

But, if the students can’t translate the AP course knowledge to the SAT, it leaves more questions than answers about whether the AP classes are actually helping the students.

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