National Tests Achievement Data
Every college sets some standard for evaluating prospective students and many require completion of certain high school courses for admission. Students who are in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program submit scores from their AP exams (a score of 3, 4 or 5 are considered passing). Students in the IB (International Baccalaureate)program must receive an average score of 4 on 6 IB exams in order to receive the IB diploma upon graduation. Most colleges also ask students to submit scores from the SAT (students can score a maximum of 800 on each of the 3 sections: Verbal, Writing, and Math), or ACT (students can score a maximum of 36). Both the SAT and ACT are national standardized tests.