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SC ACT scores see slight change despite large increase in test-takers


The numbers for the ACT scores in South Carolina have been released, and they show that the average ACT college entrance exam scores for Beaufort County School District seniors have declined slightly, even though the number of seniors choosing to take the exam continues to increase significantly. 

Three of the district's five high schools improved their scores over last year, and for the second consecutive year, Beaufort County's act average was higher than South Carolina's state average.

Among individual high schools, Battery Creek High seniors' average ACT score for 2013 was 19.1, up from 18.8 last year.  Beaufort High's average was 20.9, up from 20.5.  Bluffton High's average was 20.9, down from 22.1.  Hilton Head Island High's average was 21.7, down from 23.4.  Whale Branch Early College High's average was 17.3, up from 15.4.

Although most Beaufort County School District seniors still elect to take the SAT as their principal college entrance exam, the numbers of students taking the ACT continues to grow dramatically. 

The superintendent emphasized the importance of high school students taking the core courses recommended by both the ACT and SAT. 

Colleges accept scores on either test when considering applications for admission, and district high school counselors work with students to determine which of the two tests better suits their career interests and academic strengths.

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