Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina's high school students are doing better on their SAT and Advanced Placement tests, although the SAT scores still are behind the national average.
The South Carolina Department of Education released the latest statistics Thursday.
DOCUMENTS: Advanced Placement Trends | SAT Scores by District | SAT Scores by School
On the SAT, the average total score for all South Carolina test-takers in 2013 was 1436, up five points from the previous year. The national average was 1498.
The SAT consists of three sections: math, critical reading, and writing. Students can get up to 800 points for each section for a maximum total score of 2400.
In 2013, the average state SAT score on each section was 484 for critical reading, 487 for math, and 465 for writing. The national averages were 496 for critical reading, 514 for math, and 488 for writing.
On the AP, which is an exam that measures mastery of course material in advanced placement courses, students are graded on a 1 to 5 scale. Students can earn college credit with scores of three or higher.
This year, the number of public school students who got a 3, 4, or 5 on the exams increased 9.6 percent, and the percentage of all students who got 3 or higher was up 8.7 perent.