COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- 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.