WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A year after dropping 53 points, the average SAT score at Hancock Middle-Senior High School rose 85 points last school year, the largest gain within Washington County Public Schools.
Three other high schools -- Smithsburg, Washington County Technical and South Hagerstown -- had gains of about 50 points.
School system officials distributed school-by-school averages last week as they discussed newly released SAT results.
Overall, Washington County's average SAT score rose 26 points last year, from 1,480 to 1,506. The previous year, it dropped from 1,508 to 1,480.
The SAT, a college-entrance exam, has three parts -- reading, math and writing. The best score on each part is 800, meaning a perfect SAT score is 2,400.
Some colleges use the ACT as an entrance exam.
The ACT has four parts -- English, reading, math and science. A perfect score on each section is 36. The scores on each section are averaged to get a composite score, so the highest overall score also is 36.