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Marietta students beat national ACT average, sit just below Ga. average

More Marietta students than usual took the ACT this past year, and they did better than the national average for the first time in three years, the school system announced.

The average composite score for the 2017-18 year of a Marietta High School student was 21.2 out of a maximum 36. The Georgia average this year, according to the data, was 21.4 and the national average was 20.8.

Marietta’s average last year was 20.8 and 21.1 the year before that.


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The Wall Street Journal reported that more U.S. high-school graduates than usual who took the college-entrance exam aren’t ready for university coursework and that math readiness scores at a 14-year low.

The average ACT score for students admitted to the University of Georgia this year is 30, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

The number of Marietta students taking the test increased from 155 in 2016 to 210 this most recent year.

Marietta City Schools said it had seven students with perfect scores in the reading section, three who rocked English, two who nailed science and one Brainiac in math.


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One rising senior, Andy Chinuntdet, aced the whole shebang.

Less than a tenth of 1 percent of test takers do so, the ACT has said.

With that perfect score and his GPA of 4.5, he hopes to study aerospace engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Georgia Tech, MCS said, before moving on to a job at SpaceX or NASA.

Visit The AJC’s Ultimate Atlanta School Guide for information on Georgia schools, including which schools are the safest, how many years of experience the average teacher has and which schools have the highest SAT and graduation scores.

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