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The ACT is a college admissions test developed by the American College Testing Program. The ACT results are based on student scores from their most recent administration so that they are comparable to the national averages released by The American College Testing Program. An ACT composite score is a combination of the component scores in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Composite and component scores range from 1 to 36. The school and system ACT data are for public schools in Georgia. The state results are for all Georgia schools, public and non-public.

The SAT is a college admissions test developed by the College Board and Educational Testing Service. The SAT has verbal, math, and writing components. Scores range from 200 to 800 on each section. The three scores are combined for a total score ranging from 600 to 2400. The College Board releases SAT scores annually by reporting on the scores for seniors from their most recent administration. Some colleges, however, may take into consideration for college admission a student’s highest verbal and highest math score, even if received on separate testing administrations. GOSA presents SAT results in both ways. Only school, system, and state scores based on the most recent administration can be compared to the national scores. It should also be noted that the national scores released by The College Board include both private as well as public school students.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. The AP Program offers students an opportunity to be exposed to challenging content at the college level, while still enrolled at the secondary level. By taking AP exams students can demonstrate mastery of the course material. Each AP exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A student who earns a score of 3 or higher is generally considered eligible to receive credit for the equivalent course at one of the colleges or universities that gives credit for AP exams. There are 38 AP courses and exams offered across 9 subject areas. The AP Program is sponsored by the College Board. For more information on AP courses and exams, visit the College Board website.



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