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South Carolina's graduating seniors posted higher scores on the SAT college entrance exam for the first time in five years, and more Advanced Placement tests earned students college credit. South Carolina's graduating seniors posted higher scores on the SAT college entrance exam for the first time in five years, and more Advanced Placement tests earned students college credit.

SC graduates' SAT scores improve 5 points

South Carolina's graduating seniors posted higher scores on the SAT college entrance exam for the first time in five years, and more Advanced Placement tests earned students college credit.

That's according to data released Thursday by the tests' administrator, the College Board.

The average composite score for the Class of 2013 on the SAT's math, critical reading and writing portions was 1,436. That's five points above last year but still 18 points below 2008's recalculated figure. The national average is unchanged from 2012 at 1,498

The test has a maximum possible score of 2,400.

Meanwhile, nearly 24,000 AP tests received scores high enough to earn college credit. That's up by almost 9 percent from last year.

The number of students taking the college-level classes also increased by 9 percent.

Average SAT score rises for NC students

The average SAT score for North Carolina's high school seniors saw gains in 2013, even as the average score nationally stayed the same.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said Thursday that the more than 58,000 students who took the key test for college admissions had an average combined score of 1,479, a 10 point increase from the prior year. The national average score remained at 1,498.

The state's students also saw a nearly 7 percent jump in passing scores on Advanced Placement exams. The tests provide high-performing high school students with college credit in specific subjects. The three most popular AP exams taken were in English language and composition, U.S. history and psychology.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said she is pleased by the progress, especially on reading scores.

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