There are two big cats in the national college admission test industry – the SAT which is familiar in Georgia because that is what most high school students here take, and the ACT which is taken by fewer Georgia students, but like the SAT, it also has a significant national college admissions testing footprint.
Increasingly, southern states students are taking the ACT. This week the Southern Regional Education Board said at least 50% of 2011 high school seniors took the ACT in 10 of SREB’s 16 member states. Georgia is not among those states, but it is trending in that direction. Last year 44 percent of Georgia seniors took the ACT. The ratio grew to 47 percent this year.