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SC graduates' SAT scores improve

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

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 1436. That's five points above last year but still 18 points below 2008's recalculated figure. The national average is unchanged from 2012 at 1498.

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

In Greenville County, the average SAT score increased 2013 by seven points, from 1455 to 1462.

Some Greenville County high school scores even beat the national and state public school averages.

Eastside (1554), J.L. Mann (1549), Mauldin (1487), Riverside (1557), Southside (1515), and Wade Hampton (1478) rose above the national average. The same schools plus Travelers Rest (1428) surpassed the state average too.

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.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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