MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - ACT scores for the Palmetto State were released Wednesday, and the Horry County School District is above the average for the state.
South Carolina's average composite score is 20.4 while the Horry County School District is 20.8. The district's score 6/10ths of a point higher than last year and the district says it's a record high for them.
Other accomplishments out of the district show The Academy for Arts Science and Technology along with HCS Early College High School tied the national composite score at 20.9. While Socastee, St. James, Carolina Forest and North Myrtle Beach all scored higher than the national average.
The ACT test for proficiency in reading, math, English and science and most high school kids start taking the test in their junior year beginning in the fall. Getting a good score is important because any high school student who wants to go to college has to take the ACT or SAT. Educators in the district say students do well when they take prep courses. Most high schools offer them for free.
"We offered it after school, we had a math teacher, English teacher, and they would do practice tests and we also offered a mock SAT," said Robin Jones, principal of Academy for Arts Science and Technology.
Jones says students who plan on taking the exam should start inquiring about the prep test as soon as possible.