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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A conservative group says blacks and Hispanics are more likely to get admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison even though they have lower average test scores than whites and Asians.

The Virginia-based Center for Equal Opportunity is scheduled to release its analysis Tuesday. A Wisconsin State Journal report says the group opposes affirmative action.

UW-Madison officials have said they give preference to qualified students in certain minority groups to foster diversity. They say academic achievement shouldn’t be the only factor in deciding who to admit.

The center analyzed undergraduate admissions data from 2007 to 2008. It found that UW-Madison admitted roughly 7 in 10 black applicants and 8 in 10 Hispanic applicants, compared to about 6 in 10 white and Asian applicants.

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