ACT scores are out and Beaufort County high school seniors did quite well.
Beaufort County's high school seniors beat the state average on their ACT scores and they were one-tenth of a point away from matching the national average.
The scores are a personal best for the county in recent years.
Seniors improved across all four categories: English, Math, Reading and Science.
"It shows us that our students are capable, we're testing more kids and they're rising to the challenge," said Dr. Jeffrey Moss, Beaufort County School Superintendent.
Studies show, as more students take this test, scores usually decrease.
But Beaufort County managed to beat those odds, improving from 19.7 in 2007 to 20.8 this year with a 41 percent increase in test-takers since 2009.
Moss praised Bluffton High School in particular.
The school hit a record for the number of students who took the ACT.
"We just get better at it," said Principal Mark Dievendorf.
He said they have an in-depth assessment initiative that helps students become very familiar with the test.
"It starts as freshmen, they take the ACT Explorer test then as sophomores they take the Practice ACT Plan test and as juniors they take the Practice ACT Test and the ACT test and so by the time they get to where the stakes are for real on the actual act, they have an expectation as to what the test will be like," said Dievendorf.
He added one of the keys to their success is consistency and it's clearly paying off.
Colleges and universities currently accept both the ACT and SAT scores for admission.
The Beaufort County School District is looking into the possibility of having all students take the ACT.
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